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The memorandum of the governments of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation of participation in the tripartite Customs union of other interested states of Economic union

of January 28, 1995

The Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation signed on January 20, 1995. The agreement on forming of the Customs union as most important part of the Agreement on creation of Economic union of September 24, 1994. The accelerated forming of single customs space of three states is caused by the considerable rapprochement of management system reached recently their economies and the economic legislation.

According to the arrangement the tripartite Customs union will be created in two stages. On the first - tariff and quantitative restrictions in trade between members of the tripartite Customs union are cancelled, the identical trade regime, general customs tariffs and measures of non-tariff regulation concerning the third countries are set. At the second stage there will be consolidation of customs areas of three states in single customs area, customs control will be postponed from internal borders between them for external borders of the Customs union. For joint management of these processes the executive body of the Customs union will be created.

The governments of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation consider that at the first stage of forming of the tripartite Customs union creation of number of conditions which accomplishment will allow to form single customs space is provided. Among them:

achievement of coordination in carrying out economic reforms and creation of the same, based on the market principles managing of the mechanism of regulation of economy, providing equal opportunities and guarantees for all business entities of the State Parties of the Customs union;

standardization of the foreign trade, customs, monetary, price, tax and other economic legislation;

development of single rules of establishment of the currency rate in the foreign exchange markets of the State Parties of the Customs union and the admission on them authorized banks, application of the exchange rate of currencies created according to the demand and supply, achievement of mutual convertibility of national currencies and forming of the effective payment relations, providing single rules of the admission of authorized banks on the domestic markets;

carrying out the approved external economic policy in relation to the third countries, ensuring effective joint protection of external borders of the State Parties of the Customs union in the conditions of openness of borders between them;

possibility of mutual use of military facilities and constructions on the conditions established for national armed forces and also joint operation of objects of defense value.

Heads of governments of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation recognize that in process of accomplishment of these conditions other State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States also could participate in the Customs union that corresponds to common interests of agreement parties about creation of Economic union.


For the Government of the Republic of Belarus 

For the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

For the Government of the Russian Federation


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