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AGREEMENT OF COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES

of October 28, 2016

About state cooperation – members of the CIS in the field of legal education of consumers

The governments of the State Parties of this agreement which further are referred to as with the Parties

being guided by the Agreement on the main directions of state cooperation – members of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the field of consumer protection of January 25, 2000,

recognizing importance of legal education of consumers as one of the priority directions of consumer protection,

noting the importance of realization by citizens of the right to education, on the structure and quality corresponding to requirements of development of economy and civil society,

considering importance of creation of the mechanism of cooperation in implementation of joint programs and projects on increase in level of financial literacy, for the purpose of carrying out coordinated policy in the field of legal education of consumers

agreed about the following:

Article 1

This agreement purpose – development in the population of consumer culture, skills of reasonable and responsible consumption, including in the field of provision of financial services, by dissemination of knowledge about the rights and obligations of the consumer, forming of capability is competent to choose goods (works, services) and to protect the economic interests from the unfair business entities acting in the territories of the State Parties of this agreement.

Article 2

The parties perform cooperation concerning development in the territories of the State Parties of this agreement of system of distribution of consumer knowledge among the population through the organizations performing educational activities for programs of general and professional education, the educational organizations, public organizations for consumer protection and also through the state public information resources and mass media.

Article 3

The parties include questions of legal education of consumers in the state educational standards of different level and educational programs, perform the corresponding educational and methodical ensuring studying of bases of consumer knowledge in education system of the states.

For this purpose the Parties can attract research collectives, hold general competitions of original programs and education guidances for educational institutions.

Article 4

The parties create conditions for preparation, retraining and advanced training of teaching personnel, editions and the ensuring educational process with necessary educational and methodical literature, and also experience exchange of teaching bases of consumer knowledge considering the best national and world practices.

Article 5

The parties taking into account the legislation of the State Parties of this agreement on consumer protection take measures for creating favorable conditions for activities of the international and national educational organizations, the mass media working in the field of distribution of consumer knowledge and also for involvement of national and international financial institutions for the purpose of program implementation on distribution of consumer knowledge.

Article 6

The parties promote in the solution of the following tasks:

organization and holding the national and international Olympic Games, tenders and festivals for bases of consumer knowledge;

creation of special headings, programs in the mass media extending knowledge of the rights of consumers, methods of their realization, and also of consumer properties of goods and services;

preparation of materials for the mass media generalizing results of work in the field of consumer protection, public authorities, local government bodies, public organizations of consumers and also law-enforcement, including judicial, to practician;

distribution in mass media of social advertizing concerning consumer protection.

Article 7

The parties communicate about development of national programs and the regulatory base in the field of consumer education, the state educational standards, education guidances and programs, scientific and pedagogical researches on problems of legal education of consumers.

Article 8

Authorized bodies which list is determined by each Party are responsible for implementation of this agreement and is transferred to depositary in case of delivery of the notification on accomplishment of the interstate procedures necessary for the introduction of this agreement to force, or the document on accession.

Each of the Parties within 30 days in writing notifies depositary on changes of the list of authorized bodies.

Coordination of sales activity of this agreement is performed by the Advisory board on consumer protection of the State Parties of the CIS.

Article 9

The parties determine the educational organizations based on which will be organized work on studying of questions of the consumer protection law among pedagogical personnel, approbation of training materials and techniques of teaching according to the appropriate educational programs.

Article 10

This agreement does not affect the rights and obligations of each of the Parties following for it from other international treaties which participant is its state.

Article 11

The changes which are its integral part which are drawn up by the relevant protocol can be made to this agreement by mutual consent of the Parties.

Article 12

The matters of argument between the Parties arising in case of application and interpretation of this agreement are solved by consultations and negotiations of concerned parties.

Article 13

This agreement becomes effective after 30 days from the date of receipt by depositary of the third notification on accomplishment by the Parties of the interstate procedures necessary for its entry into force which signed it.

For the Parties which performed interstate procedures later this agreement becomes effective after 30 days from the date of receipt by depositary of the relevant documents.

Article 14

This agreement after its entry into force is open for accession of any State Party of the CIS by transfer to depositary of the document on accession.

For the joining state the Agreement becomes effective after 30 days from the date of receipt by depositary of the document on accession.

Article 15

This agreement is signed sine die. Each of the Parties has the right to leave this agreement, having sent to depositary the written notice of such intention not later than six months to exit and having settled the obligations which arose during action of this agreement.

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