MINSK, 15 December (BelTA) – Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Belarus Vladimir Orlovsky visited an interstate center, which had started operating as part of the Customs Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, BelTA has learned.
Vladimir Orlovsky was made familiar with the practical implementation of the tasks the new body is supposed to accomplish and with the next year's work plan.
The interstate center was established as part of the efforts to take the steps stipulated by the Union State program on harmonizing Belarus' and Russia's tax and customs legislation and on cooperation in customs affairs. The interstate center is supposed to protect economic interests of the Union State, jointly monitor customs operations throughout the Union State of Belarus and Russia, and minimize risks of violations of Belarusian and Russian laws.
Among other things the interstate center will coordinate the work of Belarusian and Russian customs service mobile teams, which operate in territories of their countries. The center will work out proposals on customs control. Decisions on implementing the proposals will be jointly made by Belarus' and Russia's customs services.
Belarus' representative Pavel Lobachev is the head of the interstate center while Valery Seleznev of Russia is his deputy.