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19 March 2018
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On March 16, Valery Koreshkov, Member of the Board (Minister) for Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (Commission) paid a regular visit the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Atameken". The delegation also included representatives of the Ministry of Construction and Housing of the Russian Federation.

The meeting took place with the participation of representatives of concerned state bodies and entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan.

Participants of the meeting discussed the draft technical regulation of the EAEU "On the Safety of Buildings and Structures, Building Materials and Products", including the status of building standards proposed for the implementation of this project.

The business community of Kazakhstan, understanding the importance of integration, has always been a supporter of compromise solutions. Turning to the chronology of the discussion of the draft technical regulations, it is possible to highlight a number of alternative solutions, proposed by Atameken, to the removal of disagreements.

So, the initial position of the National Chamber was the necessity to exclude buildings and structures from the draft technical regulations. It was justified by the fact that buildings and structures are not a subject of mutual trade and do not cross state borders.

Considering that this position caused fundamental disagreement among the member states of the Union, the NCE joined the opinion on the division of the project into two technical regulations:

- EAEU TR «On the Safety of Building Materials and Products»; - EAEU TR «On the Safety of Buildings and Structures».

Subsequently, due to disputes and disagreements between the partners in the EAEC, Atameken developed a position on the possibility of combining the requirements for buildings and structures, building materials and products in a single draft technical regulation, subject to establishing basic requirements for the safety of buildings and structures directly in the draft technical regulation, excluding the concepts and provisions on mandatory building codes and building regulations of the Union from it.

During the meeting, the participants discussed the next compromise proposal of the NCE, and agreed the approval of the draft technical regulation, subject to the adoption of four basic approaches to the application of building codes:

1. Building codes of the Union are not direct action documents;

2. Building norms of the Union are adopted on the basis of the consensus of the Member States of the Union;

3. After the adoption of the construction norms of the Union, their implementation, the cancellation of the action, as well as the introduction of changes therein on the territory of the Member State of the Union shall be carried out exclusively upon the decision of the appropriate authorized body of the Member State of the Union;

4. Building norms of the Union can be put into effect by member states of the Union without changes or adapted taking into account the national characteristics of each Member State of the Union

According to Dmitry Mikheev, the director of the Federal Center for Codification, Standardization and Technical Conformity Assessment in Construction of the Ministry of Construction of the Russian Federation, developer of the draft technical regulation, the proposal of the Kazakh side meets the wishes of all parties and has a great chance of realizing.

In her closing speech, Deputy Chairman of the NCE Board Dana Zhunusova stressed the importance of the developed approaches, guaranteed the impossibility of direct action of construction norms on the territory of a member state of the Union without a corresponding decision of the authorized body of the member state of the Union.

"These approaches are necessary for taking into account the climatic, economic, cultural, legal, natural, labor and other characteristics of each member state of the Union when regulating construction issues," explained Dana Zhunusova.

In the opinion of the participants, the discussion was rich and will help significantly advance the process of harmonizing the unified technical regulation.

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