By the Decree № 213 issued on March 21, 2012 the Russian Government approved the changes in the list of products subject to compulsory certification, approved by Government Decree № 982 issued on December 1, 2009.

Meeting of the EurAsEC Interstate Council was the first meeting of this format, after a new integrated association - the Unique Economic Space of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan was launched on January 1, 2012.

According to it, fireworks are subject to mandatory confirmation of conformity to the requirements of technical regulations in the form of declaration of conformity or certification.

Members of the Commission made changes to a unique commodity nomenclature of foreign economic activity of the Customs Union and the Unique Customs Tariff of the Customs Union in respect of certain types of bars, shapes, sections, and certain types of sugar (in terms of seasonal customs duties).

On December 9, 2011 the 33rd session of the Customs Union Commission was held, where members were briefed on the implementation of the Action Plan for the creation of Unique Economic Space of Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation and adopted a series of legal documents.

The Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Khristenko told about it yesterday at the international conference on Technical Regulation in the Unique Economic Space.

Russia’s accession to the WTO cleared a major hurdle when the WTO Working Party on its accession approved, ad referendum on 10 November 2011, the package spelling out Russia’s terms of entry to the organization. The Working Party will now send its accession recommendation to the 15 —17 December Ministerial Conference, where Ministers are expected to approve the documents and accept Russia as a WTO Member.