Report: Barriers, derogations and restrictions in the Eurasian Economic Union (2017)

_ Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Moscow, 2017.

Barriers, derogations and restrictions in the Eurasian Economic Union. M.: EEC. – 2017. – 42 p. 

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A report on obstacles in the internal market of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), or a so-called “White paper”. The Eurasian Economic Commission has worked for preparation of this report together with the member states and the business community of the EAEU. One of the main tasks of the Eurasian Economic Commission is to ensure functioning of the EAEU internal market without barriers and with the minimum possible quantity of derogations and restrictions, since existence of such obstacles prevents from full implementation of one of the basic principles of integration provided for by the Union Treaty, namely, free movement of goods, services, capital and labor in the territories of the EAEU member states.

The White paper includes the obstacles agreed upon by all of the member states, the quantity of which is now equal to 60, but this is more like a point of departure than the quantitative parameter of our work. The White paper also describes two main mechanisms for removal of obstacles:

elaboration of “road maps” for removal of derogations and restrictions, including the measures for
elimination thereof and the timing;

prompt removal of identified barriers by way of interaction with the Union member states.

An important achievement in the work for removal of barriers is information openness and transparency of activity of the EEC and the member states and also the advantages of a common market without barriers, derogations and restrictions, which may be assessed in practice by the business communities and nationals of the Union member states. We hope that the report we submit will help you to form an idea of the activity and the role of the EEC in the work for identification and removal of obstacles in the EAEU internal market.

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