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Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and Government of the Republic of Belarus on cooperation of boundary regions of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus

of May 12, 1997

The government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Belarus which hereinafter are referred to as further as the Parties,

being guided by the Treaty of friendship, neighborliness and cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus of July 17, 1995,

considering the good-neighbourhood which historically developed, high degree of integration of economic systems,

recognizing need of preserving and development of economic, cultural and other ties between boundary regions,

based on mutual interest in creating favorable conditions for development of economic, humanitarian and other relations between boundary regions,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

The parties will assist development of cooperation between boundary regions of Ukraine (Volynsk, Zhytomyr, Kiev, Rivne, Chernihiv) and the Republic of Belarus (Brest, Gomel), including in implementation of arrangements according to the national legal system of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus and the agreements signed between them.

Article 2

The parties will take measures for elimination of barriers taking into account the national legal system to free movement in boundary regions of goods, services, the capitals made within the boundary regions and intended for consumption in the territory of these areas.

Article 3

The parties, recognizing need of acceptance and aiming at harmonization of the legal and other acts directed to settlement of commercial ties between boundary regions and subjects of housekeeping which are located in their territories will charge to the relevant state bodies to prepare offers on the specified questions jointly.

Article 4

The trade and economic cooperation between boundary regions shall be performed based on the direct arrangement which is drawn up by contracts (contracts) between the managing subjects irrespective of their patterns of ownership and subordination, with observance of the national legal system of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus, bilateral and multilateral agreements. Responsibility for agreement performance (contracts) is born by subjects which imprisoned them.

Article 5

Administrations of boundary regions within the powers and according to the national legal system will provide favorable conditions for the mutual investments and normal functioning which are already operating and also those which are created in the territories of these areas, the companies and organizations which are property of the state of the second Party, her citizens and legal entities.

The parties will perform the coordinated structural transformations of economy of boundary regions based on education in its different industries of interregional joint stock companies, financial and industrial groups, joint businesses and other types of the companies (associations).

Article 6

When implementing boundary trade and economic cooperation of the Party will adhere to measures of state regulation of production and arms trade, military equipment and dual-use technology, provisions of the services connected with it, trade in gold, silver, other precious metals, stones and other specific goods which are subject to non-tariff means of regulation and are determined by free intergovernmental agreements and the national legal system.

Article 7

Calculations for deliveries of products between the companies and the organizations located in boundary regions will be performed on contract prices, except for calculations for deliveries of separate types of goods, the prices for which are established by regulating documents.

Article 8

Each of the Parties will provide in the territory favorable conditions for functioning of all modes of transport of the state of the second Party which transports passengers and loads between boundary regions, and also en route through their territories, being guided by the signed agreements in the field of transport and the national legal system. Other conditions and procedure for the organization of transportations are determined by free standing agreements of the relevant transport departments of the Parties.

Article 9

The parties, being effective according to bilateral and multilateral agreements, will take necessary measures for the purpose of preserving and improvement of the environment and ensuring rational environmental management in the territories of boundary regions, to promote development of special nature protection programs and projects, especially in ecologically adverse areas, to provide free and free exchange of information on problems of environmental protection.

The parties will help active cooperation in the field of the prevention and liquidation in the territories of boundary regions of effects of emergency situations of natural and technogenic natures.

Article 10

The parties will develop in boundary regions mutually beneficial cooperation in the humanitarian sphere, including in the field of education, sciences, cultures, health cares, physical culture and sport, will promote broad information exchange.

Article 11

The parties will perform agreed measures in regulation of migratory processes.

Administrations of boundary regions within the competence and according to the national legal system will independently resolve issue of mutual attraction of manpower, calculations for use of the attracted labor power, direct exchange of scientists, teachers, students, creative specialists, to pursue coordinated policy in the field of employment relationships, conditions and labor protection, social guarantees. At the same time discrimination of citizens of both states is not allowed.

Article 12

The parties shall create favorable conditions for cooperation of law enforcement agencies of boundary regions.

Law enforcement agencies of boundary regions will be sotrudnichat0 with each other, being effective within the competence, with compliance with law of the states and international agreements, including that which regulate question of provision of legal assistance in criminal cases.

Article 13

Administrations of boundary regions will sign the agreements on cooperation directed to implementation of earlier signed multilateral and bilateral agreements within their competences.

Article 14

The parties shall abstain from actions, to the contradicting provisions of this agreement which interfere with achievement of the object set by it that cause any damage to cooperation of boundary regions.

In case of any contradictions and disagreements in interpretation and application of provisions of this agreement, they will be resolved by negotiations and consultations which procedure will be determined as agreed by the parties.


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