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Lukashenko off to Sochi for CIS, EAEU summits

President 10.10.2017 | 15:59

MINSK, 10 October (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has left for Russia's Sochi where he will take part in the summits of the CIS and the EAEU on 11 October. The aircraft with the Belarusian head of state on board departed from Minsk National Airport, BelTA informs.

During the recent telephone conversation with Russia President Vladimir Putin Alexander Lukashenko confirmed his participation in these international forums and stressed that the high level of coordination between Belarus and Russia often becomes a decisive factor in making decisions on the development of integration.

The session of the CIS Council of Heads of State will focus on about 20 issues aimed at the development of the CIS cooperation in the political, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other fields.

Top on the agenda will be the draft statement of the CIS heads of state on supporting families and traditional family values.

Within the framework of economic cooperation plans have been made to consider and approve the draft convention of the Commonwealth of Independent States on peaceful uses of outer space.

The most important humanitarian projects on the agenda will be the resolution to announce 2019 the Year of Book and 2020 the Year of the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 in the CIS, the resolution to implement the CIS Capitals of Culture interstate program in Armenia in 2018, in Belarus in 2019, and in Kazakhstan in 2020.

The agenda will traditionally include questions concerning security and prevention of new challenges and threats. A package of documents will include the document on the upgrade of the CIS joint air defense system to meet the challenges of aerospace defense; the resolution on the concept of cooperation in the prevention of money laundering, financing of terrorism and distribution of weapons of mass destruction; the concept of cooperation between the CIS member states in the prevention of corruption; the agreement on cooperation in the prevention of crimes in the IT sector.

Besides, the heads of state will consider the ways to improve the efficiency of the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly and its adaptation to modern realities.

Plans have been also made to discuss a number of organizational issues.

The session of the Eurasian Economic Council will focus on such issues as IT-based management, customs regulation, competition, natural monopolies, industrial cooperation, and international activities.

One of the key issues on the agenda will be progress in the implementation of the EAEU digital agenda till 2025. The presidents will consider the plan of international activities of the EAEU in 2018. They will be also informed about the progress in the ratification of the EAEU Customs Code which should enter into force on 1 January 2018.

The resolution of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on the preparation of a roadmap to harmonize the legislations of the EAEU member states in the regulation of operation of natural monopolies will be submitted for consideration.

The participants of the EAEU summit will also discuss the cooperation of the EAEU member states in the provision of space and geoinformation services on the basis of the national data obtained in the process of the remote sensing of the Earth.

It is planned that the heads of state will appoint the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the EAEU Court.

One of the topics on the agenda of the summit will be the chairmanship in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, and the Eurasian Economic Commission Council.

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