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EAEU prime ministers’ conference kicks off in Minsk

October 27, 2016, 18:47 UTC+3 MINSK

Prime Ministers of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia are holding private talks behind closed doors

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MINSK, October 27. /TASS/. The meeting of prime ministers of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states has begun in Belarus’s capital of Minsk.

Prime Ministers of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia are holding private talks behind closed doors. After that, the five countries’ governmental delegations will take part in a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. The participants will assess a number of key issues concerning the integration processes within the EAEU.

During the meeting, the prime ministers plan to wrap up work on the new draft of the EAEU’s Customs Code. The member countries’ leaders are expected to approve the code as the next step.

The meeting’s participants will review the draft agreement on establishing a mechanism for tracking the flow of goods in the member states. They also plan on making a decision to prolong the pilot project on labelling furs. The relevant agreement, effective until the end of 2016, is supposed to be extended until December 31, 2018.

The prime ministers will also focus on the development of trade and economic cooperation and define priority topics for the talks with the Union’s partners. The participants will sign a number of documents prepared by the Eurasian Economic Commission regarding the practical aspects of the EAEU’s functions and its agencies. In particular, the Union’s 2017 budget is to be reviewed and adopted.

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