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1 RUSSIAN REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER Implementation of international standards and role of civil society

2 RF Memorandum on FT and international environmental obligations Rio Declaration, CBD, FCCC/ Kyoto Protocol; Bazel and Ramsaar Convenions (Party) Party/Signatory to UNECE Conventions RF Memorandum on Foreign Trade Regime submited in March 1994 Russia is currently an observer in WTO

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4 OBJECTIVES OF ACCESSION ACHIEVE MOST FAVOURABLE CONDITIONS FOR RUSSIA i.g. best balance possible between - benefits of accession and - concessions in forms of tariffs reduction and domestic markets opening German Gref, Minister of Economic Development and Trade: the balance of rights and obligations of Russia during its accession to the WTO should contribute to its economic growth and not vice versa

5 System issues : * Agrarian issues are of special priority for Russia ; * Russian legislation and enforcement practice being in conflict with WTO norms; * Participants of the negotiations require categorically fulfillment of all WTO provisions in this sphere; * Requirements subject o negotiations

6 System issues : so-called "WTO+" requirements * unification of domestic and external prices for energy resources; * special conditions of notifications - on the trade regime - on the course of privatization * requirement on joining the agreements on - government procurement, - civil aircrafts, which are not obligatory in WTO.

7 Main concerns of Russian Civil Society * agrarian/biological/food safety; * environmental safety; * technical support to standards implementation; * low enforcement / corruption

8 Thank you! Olga Razbash (495) RUSSIAN REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER


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