Meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council

Dmitry Medvedev: "Today we need to focus on several areas. First, we need to consolidate the contract base of our union. Second, we need to ensure free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce. Third, we need to establish single markets in the key economic sectors."

Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks

Documents signed following the meeting

List of heads of  delegations at the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council:

Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Ovik Abraamyan

Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan

Excerpts from Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks:

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Today we need to focus on several areas. First, we need to consolidate the contract basis of our union. Second, we need to fully ensure four freedoms, namely, free movement of goods, services, capital and workforce, and remove remaining barriers, exceptions and restrictions.Third, we need to establish single markets in the key economic sectors.

The adoption of the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union is a goal of paramount importance. The code should unify and simplify customs clearance procedures, make them straightforward and predictable for the business community,and user friendly. Right now, entrepreneurs can take part in the public debate about creating the EurAsEC legal framework. We agreed to give this name to our association based on our track record and on how we made our decisions in this regard.

We will continue to work on the draft concept for forming common oil and oil products markets. We need this document in order to have in place a common market with clear rules and operating guidelines by 2025.

We plan to sign a number of agreements on transporting service and civilian weapons. It is important to unify these regulations so that all those who work in this area can act within a single legal framework.

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Building trade relations with our key foreign partners is another important part of our work. This is especially true of China, given its weight in the world, and its relations with the EurAsEC economies. We have agreed on the directives for talks with China. In conjunction with the Chinese, the commission must start negotiations without any delay. In the mid-term, we can greatly expand all forms of cooperation, including investment in most economic sectors, and strengthen our cooperation in new industries. We are already on that track with our other partners. We should identify a fast track to ratify the free trade agreement with Vietnam.

We discussed building trade relations with the ASEAN countries. All government leaders with whom I have met recently as part of our work with ASEAN, were willing to build separate relations with the Eurasian Union.

Documents signed following the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council:

Signing of joint documents following the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council

  • Instruction On the Directives to Hold Negotiations with the Chinese People’s Republic on a Trade and Economic Agreement Between the Eurasian Economic Union and its Member States, and the Chinese People’s Republic.
  • A decision On Measures to Establish a System of Goods Tracking in Commercial Turnover in the Eurasian Economic Union Member States.
  • A decision On the Concept of Establishing Common Oil and Oil Products Markets in the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • An agreement on moving service and civilian weaponry between member states of the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • A decision On Certain Aspects of Goods Imports and Trade Turnover in the Customs Territory of the Eurasian Economic Union following the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Accession to the WTO.
  • Instruction On the Annual Report of the Eurasian Economic Commission on Monitoring the Impact of Regulating the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Draft Decisions Made in 2015.
  • Instruction On the Report on Calculating and Distributing Import Customs Duties Between the Budgets of the Eurasian Economic Union Member States in 2015.
  • Instruction On the Timeframe for Drafting the Agreement on the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • Instruction On the Date and Venue for the Next Regular Meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council.