Tigran Sargsyan emphasized that the format of the Scientific and Expert Council under the Chairman of the EEC Board enabled the Commission to institutionalize its relationships with the scientific community.
“It is important for us that the scientific community is involved in the decision-making process determining further directions for the Eurasian Economic Union's development. Estimates made by the scientific community help develop strategic directions of work as well as adjust the implementation of projects already launched”, – the Chairman of the EEC Board noted.
He added that it was essential to study Eurasian matters in universities and research centers, as well as involve talented young people in this agenda. In many ways, this will predetermine the future of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
“It is crucial to create among the public an atmosphere of trust towards the EAEU, the attitude to the Union as a global project,”– Tigran Sargsyan said.
Participants of the Scientific and Expert Council presented their proposals on strategic directions for the development of Eurasian economic integration until 2025. The Commission works on them jointly with the parties. In particular, the proposals concern increasing the efficiency of the EAEU common market, implementing cooperation projects, extending the Commission's powers, and other spheres.
Sergei Glazyev, Member of the Board - Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics of the EEC, reported that strategic directions were being developed under the Declaration on Further Development of Integration Processes within the EAEU. Once they are adopted, the implementation plan is going to be formed.
The Scientific and Expert Council (SEC) under the Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission's Board is a discussion platform for considering, on a regular basis, the EAEU-relevant trends and challenges in the development of the global economy, efficient models and forms of integration, best practices of regional associations in terms of supranational regulation, medium- and long-term prospects and limits for economic development of the EAEU. On January 20, the 12th meeting of the SEC was held.
The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) citizens can buy tickets to museums and a number of cultural institutions regardless of their actual citizenship, in other words, they are not deemed as foreigners.
The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) highlights that the same prices shall be applied for tickets to cultural institutions both for one's own citizens and for the citizens of other EAEU Member States, as it is stipulated by the Union's law.
However, as a result of the monitoring conducted by the Commission, it was found out that museums and some other cultural institutions in most of the EAEU countries used higher ticket prices for citizens of other Union countries than for their own citizens.
Following the joint work conducted by the Commission and the authorized authorities of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation, pricing differences have been eliminated.
"The Commission solves problems of the Union's businesses and
citizens in practice, and we hope for the support of all those interested in
eliminating obstacles in the EAEU internal market",–noted Karine Minasyan, Member of the Board – Minister in charge
of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication
Technologies of the EEC.
On January 14, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Board considered issues in the spheres of trade, customs cooperation, technical regulation, functioning of the common market of medicinal products, informatization of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries’ economies, functioning of the internal market and a number of others.
The EEC Board has approved process control documents regulating information interaction in implementing the general process “Using databases of documents issued by authorized authorities of the EAEU Member States while regulating foreign and mutual trade, including those submitted during customs operations to confirm compliance with prohibitions and restrictions" by means of the Union’s integrated information system.
The implementation of this general process is primarily aimed at ensuring compliance with Article 80 of the EAEU Customs Code, which provides for transboundary information interaction between customs and regulatory authorities of the Union countries in obtaining information about documents required for customs operations and creates a basis for developing and applying the "single window" mechanism. In fact, this entails initiating the implementation of a mechanism for transboundary exchange of electronic authorization documents.
The general process will be implemented step-by-step with respect to certain types of documents, progressively as the composition and structure of information submitted from documents in soft copies is regulated in the EAEU law.
Simultaneously, a nine-month period has been established by the disposition of the EEC Board, during which a transition should be made to transboundary electronic exchange of information from documents on assessing the conformity to the EAEU technical regulations' requirements or the Uniform sanitary and epidemiological and hygienic requirements for products subject to sanitary and epidemiological supervision (control).
Amendments to some decisions adopted by the Commission on customs declaration of express cargo delivered by express carriers as goods for personal use have been approved.
These amendments will help improve and simplify the procedure for declaring this category of goods. The procedures for filling in a passenger customs declaration for express cargo and acquittance document have been optimized. In particular, it is now possible not to fill in the information about any previous document during advance customs declaration procedure; the rounding procedure when specifying the mass of goods has also been clarified, etc. When filling in the acquittance document, it is now possible not to fill in some sections concerning the information on acquittance (collection) of customs payments and fines.
The EEC Board has determined the structure and format of the certificate for securing the obligation to pay customs duties and taxes.
The document is aimed at developing a unified electronic document flow in the EAEU between customs authorities and participants of foreign economic activities.
E-certificate for securing the obligation to pay customs duties and taxes is an integral part of the unified system of customs transit of goods in the EAEU.
The document describes the structure and format required for drafting the securing certificate in the form of an electronic document as well as creating its e-form if it is submitted to the customs authority in the form of a paper document.
The effective date of the relevant decision adopted by the EEC Board has been determined with due regard to the time required to finalize information systems in the Union States.
The EEC Board has extended for two years the conditions for the minimum number of manufacturers from the EAEU States participating in the making of jointly produced goods in order to coordinate industrial subsidies with the Commission.
The procedure for recognizing goods as jointly produced by the Union Member States was approved by Decision No. 93 of the EEC Board dated June 11, 2019 and regulates how the EAEU countries will recognize goods as jointly produced in order to be able to coordinate the specific subsidy for such goods with the Commission.
The EEC Board has adopted the Guidelines for preparing clinical documentation (conducting clinical trials and confirming therapeutic equivalence) with regard to inhalation pharmaceuticals used for treating asthma in adults, adolescents and children and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults.
The document establishes unified approaches to planning and conducting clinical equivalence trials of inhalation pharmaceuticals as well as confirming the equivalence between reference and generic inhalation pharmaceuticals containing the same active substance.
The Guidelines have been developed with due regard to contemporary requirements for studying such groups of pharmaceuticals. They enable avoiding unnecessary duplication of such trials in each Union State as well as when bringing medicines to foreign markets.
The EAEU countries are recommended to apply the Guidelines after six months have elapsed from the date of their publication on the Union's website.
The Guidelines on setting health based exposure limits for use in risk identification in the manufacture of different medicinal products in shared manufacturing (processing) lines have been approved.
The unified approaches to cleaning manufacturing lines from residues of pharmaceuticals manufactured within the previous production cycles have been established. This will enable preventing the transfer of such residues to subsequent production cycles, thus eliminating their negative impact on the health of staff and patients.
the unified approaches to assessing the purification level will also help avoid
the duplication of line re-cleaning procedures as part of facility inspections
for GMP compliance, which will result in decreasing costs for medicines