The permanent body that runs the Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union trade bloc has issued fresh assurances that a long-awaited customs code will come into effect on January 1 as previously planned, despite ongoing tensions among member nations.
The Eurasian Union Commission said in a statement on November 14 that four of the five member states — Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia — have all completed the ratification process in their respective parliaments. Legislators in Kyrgyzstan are the last yet to adopt the code, and officials at the country’s parliament have told EurasiaNet.org the issue has not even been placed on the official agenda. Still, Kyrgyz approval is broadly considered a formality.
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