6 Jun 2018 18:54

Belarus claims unhealthy competition in EAEU market - Minsk

MINSK. June 6 (Interfax) - Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member countries are waging an unhealthy competitive battle with Belarus, Viktor Nazarenko, the chairman of the Belarusian State Committee for Standardization, said.

"Belarus is ready to open competition in the EAEU, all integration associations, more than other countries. If some of our partners impose some unhealthy competition using various excuses not to let our products into their market, we believe that this merits very serious high-level consideration," the BelTA state agency quoted Nazarenko as saying.

Belarus is ready to show its system of technical regulation, its accreditation system, he said. "We are ready to demonstrate the competences of our laboratories, enterprises, and so on. We suggest our partners show theirs. Then we can discuss openly who of us is right or wrong," he said.

"Today our enterprises, technical regulation bodies are not afraid of open competition. We are ready to engage in discussion, healthy competition," Nazarenko said.

Russia's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) is banning imports of milk and some types of dairy products from Belarus in containers of more than 2.5 liters effective June 6. The ban applies to pasteurized, sterilized and ultra-pasteurized milk and cream; powdered, concentrated, canned and evaporated milk and cream; liquid, concentrated and powdered whey; and whey and milk protein concentrate. The measure was necessitated by "the ongoing influx of unsafe dairy products from Belarus," Rosselkhoznadzor said.