Why is Nikol Pashinyan blaming the government on the Constitutional Court?
On May 27, the parliament ratified the protocol of the Republic of Armenia "On Making Amendments to the Treaty of Eurasian Economic Union on May 29, 2014". The author is the Government of the Republic of Armenia. This protocol stipulates that the application of common EEU customs tariffs on a number of products will be postponed for Armenia for a year.
It should be reminded that Armenia joined the Eurasian Economic Union in 2014 and joined the Joint Customs Tariffs of the Eurasian Economic Union. In order to mitigate the negative impact of the increase in customs duties on the country's economy as much as possible, Armenia has been provided with a five-year transition period, mainly for the most important goods included in the consumer basket.
For a large number of these product groups, the transition period ends in 2020. As a result of the negotiations conducted by the Armenian side, an agreement was reached to postpone the application of the common EEU customs tariffs on a number of goods for another year. The agreement was signed on December 20, 2019 at a regular meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in St. Petersburg.
According to it, it is planned to postpone the increase of the customs duties envisaged by the contract from January 1 for one year, except for the above-ground vehicles included in 87 product groups. The one-year postponement of the common customs tariffs applies to a number of food and industrial goods, the average price of which will fall by 3% from the moment this protocol enters into force. These products include meat, butter, rice, oil, margarine, tobacco raw materials, fertilizers, a number of pharmaceutical products, and more.
On May 11, in a conversation with RA Minister of Justice Rustam Badasyan on judicial reform, RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan complained that the Constitutional Court was slowing down its position on important international agreements, treaties, various legal acts and cited this agreement as an example. Saying that the government has reached an agreement within the framework of the EEU on the list of exceptions for customs duties for Armenia, it will have an impact on inflation, allowing goods not to become more expensive and for the act to enter into force, it must be passed by the Constitutional Court. "It simply came to our notice then. However, even now, the Constitutional Court is incomprehensibly delaying the discussion of this issue or, if it is not delaying, it could discuss it as soon as possible. ”
Aravot.am asked Edgar Ghazaryan, Chief of Staff of the Constitutional Court, why the Constitutional Court had artificially delayed or, as far as possible, not discussed the discussion of this vital document for the public.
Edgar Ghazaryan informed that the government's application was submitted to the Constitutional Court on April 13, 2020. It should be reminded that the agreement was signed on December 20, 2019. In other words, the government sent this vital document to the Constitutional Court for discussion about four months after reaching an agreement.
"The Constitutional Court has one month for the preliminary study of international agreements, and three months for the decision," said Edgar Ghazaryan, adding that the Constitutional Court made a final decision on the case within 29 days of receiving the application. "By the way, the decisions to be made must be published within 3 days, and the decision on that case was published within a few hours on the day of the adoption," Edgar Ghazaryan said. In a short period of time, the government did nothing for four months.
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