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Belarus views Eurasian Economic Union goals as still relevant

Economy 21.03.2019 | 19:17
Sergei Rumas
Sergei Rumas

MINSK, 21 March (BelTA) – The goals set prior to creating the Eurasian Economic Union are still relevant. Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas made the statement in an interview with the TV channel Russia 24 as part of a film about the Eurasian Economic Union, the press service of the Belarusian government told BelTA.

The prime minister said: “The goals the Eurasian Economic Union had to accomplish remain relevant today. We cannot say we've accomplished the goals we set out to achieve as we were about to establish this union. The main purpose was to enable unhindered flow of goods, services, workforce, and capital in addition to coming up with coordinated, agreed, and uniform policies in the sectors the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty specifies.”

The prime minister noted that every country had its own goals in mind as it decided to join the Eurasian Economic Union. It is unlikely that any one of them can say all these goals have been achieved and the union's operation is completely satisfactory. “At the same time there is no calling for saying the union is a flop and someone is disenchanted with it. It is an additional opportunity to advance integration and work on the issues we've been unable to resolve so far,” the Belarusian head of government said. Belarus is primarily interested in creating equal competition conditions and resolving problems with prices for energy resources, in creating a barrier-free environment for trade and in resolving the situation concerning access to government procurement contracts.

Sergei Rumas also answered questions concerning manufacturing cooperation, digital economy, and integration prospects in the Eurasian Economic Union.

The film timed to the fifth anniversary since the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty was signed is supposed to feature interviews with all the heads of government of the member states.

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