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25 March 2020, 18:22

Eurasian Intergovernmental Council to meet by videoconference

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MOSCOW, 25 March (BelTA) – The Eurasian Intergovernmental Council's meeting that was supposed to take place in Minsk on 10 April will be held via videoconference. Taking part in this meeting will be the prime ministers of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) told BelTA following an extraordinary videoconferencing session of the EEC Council that was held on 25 March.

“Members of the EEC Council discussed the agenda of the forthcoming session of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council due in April. They agreed that the meeting will be held via videoconference,” the press service informed.

Top on the agenda of the extraordinary session were the coronavirus containment efforts. Opening the session Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that the situation with coronavirus is not showing signs of improvement in the Eurasian Economic Union member states; there are issues in the manufacturing, financing and banking sectors. He emphasized that government agencies of the EAEU member states are taking comprehensive measures and are acting fast to address the situation. The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission is closely watching the situation and has sent guidelines and recommendations to its member states.

“It is advisable to take a number of decisions to prevent havoc on the domestic market over unilateral bans and restrictions imposed by our member states. The appropriate documents were passed by the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission and sent to members of the Council. It is a desperate measure which is within the legal framework of the Eurasian Economic Union,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

There are proposals for the Eurasian Economic Union to restrict the export of certain goods that are badly needed by its member states. There are plans to provide some preferences for the import of crucial consumer goods.

“The EAEU has been put to the test. Decisions should be consistent. There is no other way,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

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