GRODNO, 4 November (BelTA) – About 50% of the projects and steps stipulated by 28 programs of the Union State of Belarus and Russia have been implemented. Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko mentioned it during a working trip to Grodno Oblast on 4 November, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko said: “So far we've managed to implement about 50% of the projects and steps stipulated by 28 Union State programs. In my opinion, the effect is obvious. In the last year we've heard nothing about so-called milk wars, gas or meat wars. Right now not a single Belarusian dairy enterprise is forbidden to export its products to Russia. Moreover, we gained about 30% on the Russian market in January-September 2022.”
The prime minister added: “Those are the goods that had been squeezed out of the European market with illegitimate sanctions. This is why it was a timely move when we and Russian partners managed to come to terms on many matters, including the facilitation of our enterprises' access to the Russian market. Belarusian companies have no problems with participation in government procurement tenders. Most of them have no problems with access to subsidizing programs, which are available to Russian buyers. There are no problems with access to shop shelves or with veterinary certificates. The road is open. I believe it is one of the most important things.”
Roman Golovchenko pointed out that intergovernmental agreements had been signed within the framework of the Union State programs. “They are beneficial for the country as a whole and for state-run and private companies. I am talking about the transportation of Belarusian cargoes, the unified system for collecting indirect taxes. We will have to operate in one business environment and according to rules, which are understandable for entities of both sides, at some point anyway. It is one of the key results of the union's implementation for now,” he concluded.