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Belarus to set up task force for Customs Union technical regulation

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus will set up the task force to review the issues of technical regulation and the application of the Customs Union’s (CU) sanitary, veterinary and phytosanitary requirements. The decision is stipulated in the Council of Ministers’ Resolution No.1156 as of 28 December 2013 which was published on the national legal information website on 4 January, BelTA has learnt.

The task force will coordinate the activities of the national government bodies and other authorities under the government, the regional executive committees and the Minsk City Executive Committee in part of development and enforcement of the Customs Union technical regulations, implementation of state control over their observance and development of the CU normative documents on veterinary, sanitary, epidemiological and phytosanitary measures. The task force will analyze the efficiency of the measures taken to enforce the CU technical regulations in Belarus.

The working group will define the priority areas of the development and application of CU technical regulations and provide assistance to authorities regarding their introduction. It will also help develop the programs and measures to prevent the production and circulation of goods which do not meet the CU requirements. It will ensure a proper interaction between government bodies when they review common approaches to the application of mandatory requirements stipulated in CU technical regulations taking into account the legal framework of the member states of the CU and the Single Economic Space.

According to the resolution, the task force will be entitled to set up specialized working groups in charge of particular matters.

The membership of the task force will be approved by the Belarusian Prime Minister. The organizational and technical support to the group will be provided by the Belarusian State Committee for Standardization.

The resolution enters into force on the date of its adoption.