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20 May 2015

Belarus parliament’s upper chamber okays documents on international automobile transport

MINSK, 20 May (BelTA) – The Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of Belarus approved the ratification of amendments to the Belarusian-Latvian intergovernmental agreement on international automobile transport of 1 February 1995 at the session on 20 May, BelTA has learned.

The amendments have been brought about by the introduction of road toll in Latvia as of 1 July 2014. Road toll is collected in Latvia regardless of the type of transportation. Bearing this in mind, the second part of the Belarusian-Latvian intergovernmental agreement on international automobile transport has been amended. The first part of article 14 of the agreement has also been amended for the sake of protecting Belarusian trucking companies against the possible introduction of taxes, fees or other mandatory payments relating to international automobile transport by Latvian fiscal agencies.

The agreement obliges Belarus and Latvia to forgo the collection of fares in the course of bilateral transportation of passengers and cargoes. The sides are allowed to grant preferences to transit transportation and other kinds of transportation in accordance with national laws.

The upper chamber of the Belarus parliament also approved the ratification of the agreement on introducing uniform vehicle passports in the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement was signed by Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia in Moscow on 15 August 2014. The document provides for the three countries to switch to uniform digital passports for vehicles as of 1 July 2015. The document is meant to unify the procedure of issuing vehicle passports in the Eurasian Economic Union. The agreement applies to all kinds of vehicles, with the engine volume of 50cm3 and up.

Apart from that, the ratification of the program on cooperation in education between the Belarusian and Hungarian governments in 2014-2016 was approved. The document was signed in Budapest on 8 September 2014. The document covers the following avenues of bilateral cooperation: information exchange, the development of direct contacts between universities and research institutions, the participation of pedagogical workers and students in national and international educational events.

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