The application of Belarus' Ministry of Justice to convene the plenum of the CIS Economic Court on a temporary cancellation of Russia's levying duties on oil products does not comply with the regulations of the court. It was stated in the press service of the CIS court. It was reported earlier that a panel of the court had rejected the petition of the Belarusian side on the issue.
In the Economic court reported that the application of Belarus’ Justice Ministry to convene the plenum to examine the complaint of the Belarusian side to that the panel of the court to consider temporary ban of Russia’s levying duties on petroleum products was received on June 29, 2010.
In judicial body they specified that the plenum was not stipulated by the documents on the functioning of the court of the Eurasian Economic Community, which functions were carried out by the CIS Economic Court. Also, under the Statute of the EurAsEC court of, the CIS court’s decision is final. This rule is applied to all decisions including the decisions of the CIS Economic Court on disputes within the EurAsEC.
Thus, the petition, previously applied by the Belarusian side, to convene the plenum of the CIS court can not be satisfied. The decision, by which the court refused to satisfy Belarus’ application to ban Russia’s levying export duties on petroleum products supplied to Belarus, is final and can not be appealed before making a final decision on the dispute, informed in the CIS court.
Earlier, Telegraf reported that the head of the CIS Economic Court’s secretariat, Hrachia Simonian, commenting on another petition of Belarus’ Ministry of Justice, found it difficult to answer when the plenum on the cancellation of Russian duties on petroleum products supplied to Belarus could be held. According to him, to convene the plenum requires some endorsements.
Hrachia Simonian explained that the plenum must involve chairmen of all arbitration (commercial or economic) tribunals of the CIS member-countries. The decision to convene the plenum is adopted at the meeting of the court’s panel.
Earlier, Ministry of Justice applied to the CIS Economic Court with a request to convene the plenum as soon as possible to consider the petition of Belarusian government to suspend levying duties on Russian oil products.
As Telegraf reported, on June 24, the CIS Economic Court decided to consider the claim of Belarus to Russia on petroleum products duties on September 7.