The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC, Commission) plans to create a legal framework for effective coordination of customs services actions of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries with the World Customs Organization (WCO). This was announced by Sergei Vladimirov, Director of the EEC Department of Customs Legislation at the first session of the newly formed sectoral working group.
The event was attended by the authorized bodies of the EEU states, whose competence is the formation of customs policy, as well as the improvement of customs regulation in the framework of interaction with the international customs community.
“The activities of the Working Group on Interaction with the World Customs Organization will give a positive impetus to the cooperation of the Commission with the international customs community, help our Union become a more active participant in global processes that shape the WCO agenda, – Sergei Vladimirov believes.
Among the topics discussed was the development of approaches to the implementation of the «Strategic Directions for the Development of Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025» in terms of cooperation with the WCO. The customs cooperation block of the EEC counts on the active participation of the Union States in the preparation of practical proposals on this issue.
The working group on interaction with the World Customs Organization was established on March 29, 2022 by order of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 55.
Clause 11.7.5. of the Strategic Directions for the Development of Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, approved by the Decision of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on December 11, 2020 No. 12, provides for such measures as obtaining the Union’s membership status in the WCO and working out the possibility of joining the Union to the fundamental WCO legal instruments and tools.