_ EEC. Moscow, May 11th 2017.
At its session, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) decided to notify the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on the need for execution of the Treaty on the EAEU in respect of eliminating quantitative restrictions established for sports legionnaires from the EAEU countries.
To date, in all the Member States, limits for foreign athletes apply to citizens of the Union countries. For example, in accordance with the Regulations for conducting professional football competitions among clubs of the Republic of Armenia in 2016-2017 season, in the first League team maximum two foreign players may participate in each game and be on the pitch. In addition, in accordance with the Regulations of the 2017 Football Championship of the Republic of Belarus, no more than five legionnaires may be on the pitch as players of one team simultaneously, and legionnaires may not participate in the matches of the first league. In the Kyrgyz Republic, restrictions are imposed, for example, in the Regulations of the Super League Futsal Championship of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2016-2017 season, where, in particular, it is determined that no more than five legionnaires may be registered in the Team Candidature File.
So-called limits for professional legionnaires were applied in many European countries.
A similar issue was discussed in the early 1990-s in the European Union (EU). These were famous cases of Bosman, Simutenkov, etc. As a result, the EU started to consider athletes to be ordinary migrant workers, athletes, limits for legionnaires of the Member States of the European Union were abolished, and European sports federations were denied the right to individually set such limits.
“The Member States, through signing the Treaty on the EAEU, have entered into commitments not to introduce or apply restrictions imposed by their laws in order to protect the national labour market in relation to labour conducted by citizens of the EAEU Member States,” the Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Information Support, Information & Communication Technologies of the EEC, Karine Minasyan, said. “Today, the EEC Board adopted an informed decision of the need to remove barriers for athletes of our countries. The best answer to the question, what the Eurasian integration gives to citizens of the Union, is the removal of barriers in the labour market.”
Within ten calendar days from the date of entry into force of the decision, the EEC requests the Governments of the EAEU countries to inform about measures taken to remove restrictions imposed both at the level of the laws of the Member States and at the level of regulations of physical training and sports organizations for professional legionnaires from the EAEU countries.