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CONVENTION

of September 16, 2016

About interregional state cooperation – members of the Commonwealth of Independent States

The State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States which are hereinafter referred to as with the Parties, considering historically developed friendship, welcoming development and strengthening of direct economic, cultural, legal, humanitarian and other connections between regions of the Parties for the purpose of increase in level of living and welfare of the population, recognizing the practical importance and potential of sustainable long-term development of interregional cooperation, proceeding from the Concept of interregional and frontier cooperation of the State Parties of the CIS for the period till 2020 and the Actions plan on its realization of May 29, 2015 and realizing need of strengthening of international legal basis of interregional cooperation, being guided by the conventional principles and rules of international law, agreed as follows:

Article 1

For the purposes of this Convention the used terms have the following values:

interregional cooperation of the Parties – the coordinated actions of competent authorities of the Parties, the legal entities given appropriate authority according to the legislation of the Parties directed to strengthening and development of friendship, trade and economic, scientific and technical, social, cultural, legal and humanitarian cooperation between regions of the Parties, the conclusion taking into account the legislation of the Parties of the agreements necessary for achievement of these purposes;

the region – the state and territorial (administrativnokterritorialny) education (unit) as a part of the State Party of the Commonwealth of Independent States determined by its legislation;

competent authorities of the Parties – the public authorities of the Parties given the legislation of the Parties authority in the field of interregional cooperation.

Article 2

The interregional cooperation of the Parties is based on the following principles:

non-interference to internal affairs;

respect of the national legal system;

mutually beneficial economic cooperation;

coordination of actions of competent authorities of the Parties, the legal entities given appropriate authority.

The interregional cooperation of the Parties is performed on the basis of the approved overcoming economic, legal, administrative and other possible obstacles for mutual cooperation.

Article 3

The interregional cooperation of the Parties is performed mainly on the basis of the agreements between competent authorities of the Parties signed with respect for rules of international law and legislations of the Parties.

Coordination of activities of the Parties for implementation of this Convention is performed by Council for interregional and frontier cooperation of the State Parties of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Article 4

For the purpose of realization of provisions of this Convention competent authorities of the Parties can create joint bodies for interregional cooperation according to the procedure, provided by international treaties and the legislation of the Parties.

By mutual consent of competent authorities and according to the procedure, determined by the agreement between them, functions of joint body for interregional cooperation can be assigned to competent authority of one of the Parties.

Article 5

Each of the Parties informs other Parties of the powers which are rather conferred to competent authorities of the Parties on implementation of interregional cooperation, the created joint bodies for interregional cooperation and their powers regarding implementation of this cooperation.

Competent authorities of the Party interact with competent authorities of other Party for the purpose of ensuring accomplishment of provisions of this Convention, with respect for rules of international law, international treaties and legislations of the Parties.

Article 6

The parties promote development of the following directions of the activities for the purpose of interregional cooperation:

creation in regions free (special, special) economic zones;

holding by competent authorities of the Parties of joint actions for monitoring of state of environment, to rational use of natural resources, ensuring sanitary and epidemiologic, ecological wellbeing of the population, and also on protection of the territories from drift of diseases of animals and plants;

development and implementation of joint programs for protection of the population and the territories from emergency situations of natural and technogenic nature, and also the integration of systems of the prevention and mitigation of consequences of emergency situations of natural and technogenic nature for the purpose of increase in efficiency of emergency response having cross-border effects;

support to the compatriots living in regions in preserving and expansion of humanitarian bonds;

implementation of investment projects;

technological cooperation in the field of power and the industry, including development and implementation of joint programs;

agricultural industry and food supply;

development of transport, transport communications and infrastructure, rendering transport services;

information technologies and communication;

cooperation in law-enforcement activities, including in protection of public order, the prevention and control of offenses, including fight against smuggling and illegal migration;

town planning and municipal services;

labor market and labor migration;

health care;

education;

scientific and humanitarian cooperation;

culture and exhibition activities;

sport and tourism;

creation and development of the nature protection territories, medical and improving zones (areas) and resorts;

support and development of all forms of youth cooperation, participation in implementation of the international projects and programs directed to the problem resolution of youth;

development and program implementation on protection and use of objects of historical and cultural heritage;

trade and fair activities.

The parties can also perform interaction in other directions of interregional cooperation.

Article 7

The parties according to the legislation and international treaties take the measures directed to simplification of procedures boundary, customs, immigration (migratory) and other types of control for the purpose of increase in efficiency of interregional cooperation of the Parties.

Article 8

The parties create favorable conditions for investment attraction to regions.

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