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Andrei Kobyakov took part in the session of the Eurasian intergovernmental Council

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov took part in the session of the Eurasian intergovernmental Council, which was held on 20 may in Yerevan (Republic of Armenia).

Before the meeting the Head of Government took part in the meeting of heads of delegations–participants of the Eurasian intergovernmental Council and the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian economic Commission TigranSargsyan with the President of the Republic of Armenia SerzhSargsyan. It discussed issues related to the priorities for the further development of the EEU. The meeting participants also exchanged opinions regarding the deepening of economic relations with third countries and integration associations. The meeting also discussed issues of full-scale launch of the common markets, removing barriers and exceptions in mutual trade.

On the sidelines of the meeting also held a meeting with Andrei Kobyakov Prime Minister of Armenia HovikAbrahamyan in an informal setting. The sides discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation and international agenda.

Regarding the meeting of the Eurasian intergovernmental Council, it was held at first in a narrow format and later in an extended format. The agenda consisted of about 10 questions. In particular, we consider the concept of formation of common markets of oil and petroleum products Eurasian economic Union, the issues of importation and circulation of goods in the customs territory of the Eurasian economic Union in connection with the accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the world trade organization. Also heard reports on the monitoring of carrying out of regulatory impact assessment of draft decisions of the Eurasian economic Commission in 2015 and of enrollment and distribution of import customs duties between the budgets of the member States of the Eurasian economic Union in 2015. Among other things considered the time of preparation of the Treaty on the Customs code of the Eurasian economic Union.

Speaking during a meeting in an expanded format, Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov noted that the participants of the meeting found common approaches to the issue of pricing of oil and petroleum products. "Just a few tens of minutes ago we concluded a meeting in a narrow format, and in General the most difficult issue of the pricing of crude oil and petroleum products the EAEU, I really hope that we have found common approaches for what would finalise the points acceptable to the parties in order to inform the Heads of state of the readiness concept to approval," said Andrei Kobyakov.

The Prime Minister noted that in terms of internal operation of the EAEC for the Belarusian side, of course, a priority item on our agenda is the Concept of formation of common markets of oil and oil products. "I hope that we will reach agreement on this issue, which is already taking too long. We need to move forward. Ready for a constructive dialogue on this question during its substantive discussion at the meeting", - said Andrei Kobyakov.

The Prime Minister also presented the initiative of the Belarusian side on the inclusion into the agenda of the question of the timing of the preparation of the Treaty on the Customs code of the Union. According to him, the constant prolongation of the negotiations leads to a revision of existing agreements. "In the end we are treading water, if not rolled back. Need clear timelines, "the cut-off point", if you want" - said Andrei Kobyakov. According to him, the optimum date for the completion of the Customs code is seen December 1, 2016.

During his speech, the head of Government assured that the Republic of Belarus shares the message of the Kazakh chairmanship to declare 2016 as the "Year of deepening economic relations of the Union with third countries and key integration associations".

Andrei Kobyakov informed that next week the Belarusian Parliament will consider ratification of the Agreement on free trade zone with Vietnam. "I am convinced that this Agreement is the first international document, the Eurasian economic Union will be launched already this year," - said the Prime Minister.

The head of Government noticed that recently the EEC Council adopted directives for negotiations with China, given the "green light" to negotiate with Iran. According to him, all these international tracks of Belarus jointly with the EEC and the EAEU partners would take an active part, but, of course, will defend its national economic interests. "First of all, in terms of increasing the Belarusian exports to these countries and to ensure adequate protection of domestic producers" - said Andrei Kobyakov.

According to the results decided to hold a meeting of the Eurasian intergovernmental Council on October 28 in Minsk.


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