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The contract between the Republic of Byelorussia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation on deepening of integration in economic and humanitarian areas

of March 29, 1996

The Republic of Byelorussia, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation which are referred to as further with the Parties

based on historically developed bonds of the people, their aspiration to further integration and comprehensive rapprochement,

understanding need of the approved use of material and intellectual capacities of the states,

recognizing the state independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Parties,

confirming the participation in the Commonwealth of Independent States and readiness to perform integration processes in its framework,

being guided by the universally recognized norms and the principles of international law,

agreed as follows:

Purposes and principles

Article 1.

For the purpose of creation in the long term Communities of the integrated states of the Party decided to direct common efforts to step-by-step deepening of integration of participants of this Agreement in economy, science, education, culture, the social sphere and other areas in case of respect for sovereignty of the Parties, the principles of equality and mutual advantage, inviolability of the frontiers existing between them, non-interference to internal affairs of each other.

Article 2.

Main objectives of integration are:

consecutive improvement of living conditions, protection of the rights and personal freedoms, achievement of social progress;

ensuring sustainable democratic development of the states;

forming of the common economic space providing effective functioning of the total market of goods, services, the capitals and labor power, development of single transport, power, information systems;

development of the minimum standards of social protection of citizens;

creation of equal opportunities of education and access to achievements of science and culture;

harmonization of the legislation;

approval of foreign policy, providing the worthy place on the international scene;

joint protection of external borders of the Parties, fight against crime and terrorism.

Economic cooperation

Article 3.

The parties perform approval of the main directions, stages and terms of the undertaken economic reforms, create necessary operating conditions of the total market, provide ravnoblagopriyatny conditions for free economic activity of business entities of the states.

The parties provide the equal right to property acquisition in property, ownership, use and the order to them in the territory of any of these states according to their national legal system.

The parties create the single model regulatory base of the civil legislation and state regulation of economy.

Article 4.

The parties pursue the coordinated policy of pricing excluding price discrimination concerning business entities of the Parties, apply the free (contractual) prices developing in the domestic markets.

The parties complete in 1996 creation of single customs area with providing general management system.

Article 5.

The parties approve structural policy, meaning creation industrial and agrarian economic the complexes based on complementarity of economies, the maximum use of benefits of rational labor division.

Article 6.

The parties are developed jointly and perform system of measures of the state support of development of production cooperation, encouragement of production capital investments, including subsidizing of target programs and projects, creation of objects, of common interest, encourage formation of transnational associations.

Article 7.

The parties consistently strengthen coordination of policy in monetary and monetary spheres, create effective payment and settlement system.

At the initial stage of the Party try to obtain essential decrease of the inflation rate and stabilization of the exchange rates of national currencies, complete convertibility of national currencies, provide equal access for subjects - residents of the Parties on the markets of currencies of the State Parties of the Agreement. Central Banks of the Parties will create the interbank union for the purpose of mutual consultations and coordination of the performed measures.

At the subsequent stages of the Party perform transition to single standards and practice of banking regulation and, depending on the reached extent of integration, will enter common currency.

Article 8.

The parties create single scientific and technological space, provide interaction in carrying out basic and applied scientific research, including the organization of joint scientific operations for problems, of common interest.

Article 9.

The parties increase cooperation in the field of environmental protection, including development and adoption of single standards of ecological safety, undertake joint efforts on prevention of mitigation of consequences of accidents, natural disasters, nuclear and environmental disasters.

Cooperation in social and cultural areas

Article 10.

The parties pursue the approved social policy, harmonize national systems of social protection, step by step level levels of provision of pensions, benefits and privileges to veterans of war and work, to disabled people and needy families.

Article 11.

The parties create conditions for preserving and strengthening of general cultural space on the basis of historically developed bonds and business contacts between the creative unions and associations, cultural figures, literatures and arts, preserving ethnic and language identity of the people.

Article 12.

The parties determine the interstate strategy of education, develop joint programs of training of students, preparation and retraining of specialists.

The parties mutually recognize without legalization diplomas, certificates on education, the relevant documents on assignment of academic degree and academic status.

Article 13.

The legal status established by their national legal system, bilateral and multi-lateral agreements is provided to the citizens of the Parties who are constantly living in the territory of other State Parties of this Agreement; the simplified procedure for acquisition of nationality is provided with citizens of the Parties.

Cooperation in other areas

Article 14.

The parties taking into account the accumulated experience of cooperation enhance the mechanism of coordination of actions during the planning and realization of foreign policy, creation and strengthening of general system of safety and protection of frontiers.

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