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10 December 2021, 17:15

Presidents sign amendments to Eurasian Economic Union Treaty

MOSCOW, 10 December (BelTA) – Leaders of the Eurasian Economic Union member states signed a package of amendments to the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty at a videoconference session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on 10 December, BelTA learned from Iya Malkina, a spokeswoman of the Eurasian Economic Commission. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in the session.

Iya Malkina said that the so-called second big protocol had been signed. Work on the protocol began in 2017. The document includes a total of 139 amendments designed to fill legal loopholes, address existing limitations, and give additional powers to the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Iya Malkina mentioned some of the amendments. Restrictions have been lifted for people, who want to work as pedagogues or lawyers in another country of the Eurasian Economic Union. Such people had to go through an education certificate recognition procedure up till now. Workers will be able to change their purpose of entry without leaving the country where they work.

A new article has been added to the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty to determine the procedure for state control at the customs border of the union. A procedure for evaluating the regulatory impact of draft international agreements, which may affect business operation terms, within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union will be incorporated into the EAEU's legislation. The actual impact of decisions passed by the Eurasian Economic Commission will be evaluated as well.

Apart from that, the procedure for paying indirect taxes on the import of merchandise bought from an individual of another EAEU member state will be clarified. A procedure for collecting VAT from services rendered between the headquarters of a company and a branch of the company residing in another EAEU country will be introduced.

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