MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) – The renewed model of the Union State of Belarus and Russia should clearly demonstrate its focus on accomplishing practical tasks. Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko made the statement as a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia opened in St Petersburg on 21 November, BelTA has learned.
The 20th anniversary of the signing of the Union State Foundation Treaty is a serious reason for summing up results and determining new prospects, the MP noted. “The renewed Union State model should clearly demonstrate its determination to tackle practical tasks, primarily economic ones. Commercial entities and citizens of the two countries need to feel our work. They need to see practical results of Union State development,” he stressed.
Many ideas of the Union State Foundation Treaty have been implemented. Belarusian and Russian citizens enjoy equal rights in the spheres of labor, healthcare, and education. Common migration space is operational.
“However, if we review the work that has been done, we will have to admit that the implementation of the treaty's norms in the sphere of economy is unsatisfactory. The measures, which were supposed to bring about common economic space, have not been implemented,” the head of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament stated.
“Moreover, with the passage of time the differences in national economic regulations resulted in even great misbalance in our interaction, making the already difficult business operation terms in Belarus and Russia even more complicated. It is obvious that new, systemic, and decisive actions are necessary for overcoming this negative trend,” he added.
Vladimir Andreichenko reminded that in September 2019 the heads of government initialed a draft action program on implementing the Union State Foundation Treaty. The MP said he hopes that the documents being prepared for signing now will resolve debatable issues in the spheres of oil, natural gas, transportation, and finance and will enable conditions for unhindered access to the markets of industrial and agricultural products. “The Belarusian side believes that all of them should be signed as one package. The development of the agreements, which are supposed to be signed by 1 January 2021, should begin immediately after that,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.More about Politics