The Russian Economic Development Ministry has sent to the corresponding bodies of Armenia, Kazakhstan and Belarusian Trade Ministry a letter of claims on the violation of the common rules in relation to the companies’ accessibility on obtaining government contracts in the EEU member states.
Armenia doesn’t submit the documentation on its state purchases in Russian, recognized as the official language of the Customs Union, and sends the documents in Armenian. In Belarus, there have been recorded problems with proof of origin of goods. And in Kazakhstan, to gain access to government contracts, a company must open a representative office in the country and obtain Kazakh e-signature. According to Vladimir Savchenko, head of the EEC procurement department, the Russian side also has its own problems, such as the transfer of public procurement in electronic form.
All of the violations, according to the representative of the EEC, are contrary to the common rules established in the framework of the EEC.
Note: The EEU started to function on January 1, 2015. The member states of the Union are: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.