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Russia as a WTO member and its impact on the economy | 19-11-2012
Project Dates: September 2012 — December 2013

The project is implemented for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Project Description:

The project pursues the following aims:

1. To examine the impact of WTO membership on Russia’s trade and economic policy:
  • How WTO membership has contributed to the development of regulation? Transparency and practices in the most important regulatory areas for Finnish companies?
  • How other accession commitments having particular importance for Finland are implemented?
  • How are different economic policy measures being used to adapt Russia’s economy to the changed economic environment?
  • What measures ha Russia resorted or introduced to shield its industry and economic operators from the increased competition after the WTO accession (eg. In government procurement, subsidies, trade defense instruments, safeguards)?
  • How the investment climate will develop in general?
  • How does Russia honor the spirit of the WTO accession?

2. The evolution of Russia’s trade policy as a member of the WTO:
  • What will be the main priorities of Russia in the WTO?
  • What countries or groups of countries Russia sees as allies or having similar interests?

3. The study devotes special attention to implementation practices of relevant authorities, including customs and regulation authorities. Implementation will be studied also on the level of the Customs Union to get the full picture of the implementation.
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