The experts of the Working Group on Interaction with the World Customs Organization (WCO) have preliminary approved the Legal and organizational approaches for developing cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the WCO as part of the implementation of the Strategic Directions for the Development of Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025.
The EEC expert meeting was attended by representatives of the Customs Cooperation Block of the Commission and the authorized bodies of the EAEU countries, whose competence is to improve customs regulation. The members of the Working Group considered a set of issues necessary for the implementation of the Strategy-2025 on interaction with the WCO.
The Commission has developed a document that defines the main organizational and legal approaches to the implementation of the directive of the Heads of the EAEU countries on the Union’s membership in the WCO, as well as accession to its fundamental legal means. The solution of this task requires an in-depth analysis of legal, procedural, institutional aspects, identification of benefits and possible risks for the Union, and such work is already being carried out by the Commission.
The development of cooperation between the Union and the WCO is an important area for the implementation of the Strategic Directions, as well as the Main Directions for the International Activities of the EAEU, and has a positive effect on the modernization of law in the field of customs regulation.
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 № 12, provides for such measures as the Union obtaining the status of a member in the WCO; study of the possibility of joining the Union to the fundamental documents of the WCO.