Andrei Kobyakov took part at the session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council

The work on the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) should be completed in autumn, Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov said at the extended session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Sochi on 12 August. “We are heading into the homestretch in the passing of the new Customs Code of the EEU. After a series of negotiations at the level of directors of customs services it is only needed to harmonize a few aspects of this comprehensive document,” Andrei Kobyakov remarked. In his words, Belarus welcomes active negotiations on the formation of the goods traceability mechanism in the EEU. “I would like to say that the introduction of this new practice will make us change doing business conditions. For example, it will be needed to streamline accounting systems used by economic operators, improve the mechanism of tracing goods. Therefore, the governments should think how to minimize possible negative impact and prepare business for the introduction of innovations,” Andrei Kobyakov said.

Also he noted, that  Belarus suggests taking stepwise action to create the single pharmaceutical market in the Eurasian Economic Union. Andrei Kobyakov said, that Belarus is concerned over the lack of progress in the development of the single internal market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union. “We are lagging behind the initial plans in terms of the implementation of the provisions of the EEU Treaty on the single market of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. If we cannot do this at once, let’s do it step by step. We agreed on this when meeting in a narrow format,” the Belarusian prime Minister said.

Belarus’ Prime Minister also offered the heads of government of the Eurasian Economic Union member states to discuss and remove all the issues of concern at a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Minsk on 28 October. “I suggest we pay close attention to the agenda of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Minsk. Perhaps, it would be appropriate if we took another look at the proposals and priorities of the Belarusian presidency in the Union in 2015 and Kazakhstan’s presidency in 2016, and consider the matters we did not address and find a solution to them,” noted Andrei Kobyakov. According to him, this would make the Minsk meeting more effective.

According to the Belarusian head of government, the decision submitted for today’s consideration on the import and movement of goods within the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union in connection with Kazakhstan’s WTO entry is a technical issue. “The document is important as it ensures transparency as Kazakhstan applies reduced import customs duties. I think it can help us regulate our internal relations in a civilized and timely manner,” the Prime Minister stressed.

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