TODAY IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017, 11:43:56 PM
VISUALLY VERSION
29.11.2006 On the Meeting held between Andrei Belyaninov, Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation and Michele Danet, Head of the World Customs Organization

On November 28, 2006, the meeting was held between Andrei Belyaninov, Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation and Michele Danet, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization. The head of the World Customs Organization arrived in Moscow to participate in the World Anti-terrorism Forum, dedicated to cooperation between states and businesses in their struggle against terrorism (from November 28 through November, 302006), organized in the framework of the Russian Federation presidency in the “Group of Eight”.

In the course of the discussions, Andrei Belyaninov expressed appreciation of activities of the World Customs Organization and assured Michele Danet that the Russian customs service would henceforth place high emphasis to development of close and fruitful cooperation with the organization under his guidance. The Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation earmarked the importance of development of international customs cooperation, including the mechanism of interaction with customs authorities of countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Euro-Asian Economic Community (EAEC). Particularly, the summit conference of heads of the CIS customs services is planned to be held in Moscow on December 21, 2006 as one of the stages of this activity.

From his part, Michel Danet noted that relations between the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Federal Customs Service (FCS) of the Russian Federation had always been characterized by constructiveness and openness. In his opinion, administration of the World Customs Organization (WCO) is extremely interested in further active participation in the WCO activities of the Russian customs service, carrying a well-earned authority with its foreign colleagues. Michelle Danet also opened subjects of the forthcoming entrance of the Russian Federation into the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as the tasks, which the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation was faced with in respect of bringing of the Customs Legislation and customs procedures in harmony with international standards. In this connection, the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization on behalf of his agency expressed readiness to render assistance in training of Russian customs personnel and participants of foreign economic activity to be able to work in new environment. In this regard he emphasized that the World Customs Organization could prepare a relevant training program, which would take account of experience of other states, which had previously entered the World Trade Organization, with the purpose of further integration of the Russian Federation into global economy. According to the Head of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation, the Regional Training Center of the World Customs Organization (WCO) had been already operating for several years based on the Russian Customs Academy, could be selected as the basis for implementation of this project.

 Upon completion of the meeting, heads of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation and the World Customs Organization confirmed efficiency of bilateral cooperation and expressed the willingness to continue its further strengthening and utmost broadening.

REFERENCE INFORMATION

The World Customs Organization (WCOТ) was instituted by the Convention on Establishing of Council of Customs Cooperation on December 15, 1950, which came into force on November 4, 1954. Today, the World Customs Organization unites 170 states. The Russian Federation joined this international organization in 1992 (as the successor of the Soviet Union).

A practical result of the bilateral cooperation was establishing in Moscow of one of the WCO eleven (11) regional communications centers on law enforcement (RILO-Moscow) and the Regional Training Center of the World Customs Organization on the basis of the Russian Customs Academy (RCA). In particular, the main purpose of the above regional center is ensuring of continuous intake of data, their record and circulation within the WCO law enforcement network “CEN”. The significance of the center “RILO-Москва” for law enforcement activity of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation is determined by the fact that its operation is called for (a) coordinating actions of national communications centers of customs services of member-states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and, (b) ensuring their interaction with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and other regional communications centers in compliance with the Provision on RILO.

In the framework of the Regional Training Center of the World Customs Organization (WCO) based on the Russian Customs Academy under the aegis of this world agency, international seminars, forums and other events are conducted with one of the goals being facilitation of reforming and modernization of of customs services of the Euro-Asian Economic Community (EAEC).