Meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council

Dmitry Medvedev: “In the first four months of the year, the volume of Eurasian Union’s domestic and foreign trade has grown by one fourth. All countries within the union, with no exceptions, have strengthened their position on foreign markets. The exports have increased by approximately ten percent. The commodity pattern is also changing for the best: increased have been exports of cars and equipment (by 34 percent), as well as food and agricultural production (by 26 percent), while the share of energy commodities is decreasing. It means that the volume of trade is becoming more evened out.”

Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks at the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council

Documents signed following the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting

Visit to EXPO 2017 international specialised exposition

List of the heads of delegations participating in the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting:

Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Karen Karapetyan

Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov

Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev

Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbai Jeenbekov

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev

Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tigran Sargsyan

Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks at the meeting

Dmitry Medvedev’s remarks at the meeting

It’s been three months since we met in Kazan. We agreed to hold our meetings at least once every three months. Such a type of work plan is the best when it comes to reviewing accumulated matters and controlling the implementation of instructions.

According to economic statistics, there have been some concrete and positive results of our joint work. In the first four months of the year, the volume of Eurasian Union’s domestic and foreign trade has grown by one fourth. All countries within the union, with no exceptions, have strengthened their position on foreign markets. The exports have increased by approximately ten percent. The commodity pattern is also changing for the best: increased have been exports of cars and equipment (by 34 percent), as well as food and agricultural production (by 26 percent), while the share of energy commodities is decreasing. It means that the volume of trade is becoming more evened out.

Our task for the nearest future is to implement the road map prepared by the Eurasian Economic Commission to eliminate barriers in industry, agriculture, energy as well as technical regulation.

The agenda includes new promising directions of integration, in particular, the creation of a joint digital space in the union. Electronic technology is now part of all areas of life; Russia is working on this, too. At the end of July, I approved a programme on digital economy in Russia until 2024. However, we need such an integrated digital space not just in one country, but in the entire Eurasian Economic Union.

The digital agenda is also connected to the traceability of goods. We need a mechanism for this purpose too. Traceability should be common place and there should not be closed areas, it should and be extended to all fields of business activity. We expect that the interstate procedures to create such a mechanism to be completed.

It is necessary to continue work on the future pension agreement.

In the context of the creation of the integrated transportation space, a road map related to air transportation will be adopted in order to align costs for air transportation and airport services.

It is important to invite representatives from the CIS countries and the CIS Executive Committee to the Eurasian Union events, and to continue improving partnership relations by holding trade talks, including those on the creation of free trade zones with a series of countries which we have been discussing this with.

Next year, Russia will take up presidency in the Eurasian Union. We are already considering priorities.

Over a period of the last two years, some serious work has been done in the legal and regulatory area. It will be necessary to determine the further prospects of our Eurasian integration. During our presidency we plan to pay attention to both current issues, including the withdrawals and restrictions, and strategic tasks for the future in such areas as the support of exports, investment climate, labour standards, the innovative agenda and interaction with foreign partners.

Documents signed following the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting

Document signing ceremony after the meeting

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on the Progress in Determining the Focal Areas of the Eurasian Economic Union’s Digital Agenda.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on the Progress in Drafting the Agreement on the Goods Traceability Mechanism within the Eurasian Economic Union.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Directive on the Creation of a Commission within the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council for Investigating Flight Accidents.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on the Monitoring of Customs Declarations of Goods Imported by Eurasian Economic Union Member States from the People’s Republic of China.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on the Progress in Drafting the Treaty on Pension Coverage for Workers from Eurasian Economic Union Member States.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on the Mutual Recognition of National and International Driver’s Licences Granted in a Given Eurasian Economic Union Member State for the Purpose of Engaging in Business Activity in Another Eurasian Economic Union Country.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on Access for Eurasian Economic Union Member States, Who Are Exporters, to the Infrastructure Services in the Seaports of the Russian Federation.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Directive on Crediting Import Duties to the Budgets of Eurasian Economic Union Member States and Distributing the Duties Among Them in 2016.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Directive on Certain Issues Related to Using Trade Platforms for Centralising Trade Within a Common Electricity Market in the Eurasian Economic Union and Financing Initiatives Designed to Create a Common Electricity Market in the Eurasian Economic Union.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Decision to Approve a Plan of Initiatives (Roadmap) to Implement the Main Areas and Stages of a Coordinated (Agreed Upon) Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Transport Policy Regarding Air Transport in 2018-2020.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on Providing Monitoring Reports Regarding the Declared Goods Subject to Risk Profiles as per Par. 4 of the Decision of the Eurasian Economic Council No. 22 dated 16 October 2015 on Certain Issues Related to the Accession of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the World Trade Organisation.

- Eurasian Intergovernmental Council Instruction on Carrying out the Domestic Procedures Required for Enacting the Treaty on the Customs Code of the Eurasian Economic Union of 11 April 2017.

Visit to EXPO 2017 international specialised exposition

Visit to the EXPO 2017 International Specialised Exhibition

Upon completion of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting, heads of delegations visited the EXPO 2017 international specialised exhibition.