The mixed commission, in their first meeting since 2009, agreed to increase the quotas on permits by 820 percent from the existing allowance of 900 to 7,400. Most of the additional permits will be reserved for Euro-4 and Euro-5 vehicles, the fleet of which has increased substantially in Belarus and now accounts for more than half of all vehicles involved in international transport operations.
During the meeting, the sides also exchanged statistical information on trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Italy. They also reviewed the ever increasing upswing and importance of trade, between the pair, making the volume of transport services rendered by Belarusian and Italian operators of much greater importance. Discussions included ensuring the commission increased communication to allow for this enhanced business and how further inter-modality could be established between the two countries.
The joint commission was established between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of Italy on the international transport of passengers and freight in June 2003. Its task is to develop positions on regular passenger transport, establishing contingent permits for passenger and freight transportation, preparation of samples of their forms, the problems and issues that arise during the implementation of the agreement, as well as measures to facilitate and encourage the development of road transport between the pair.
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