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25 August 2022, 10:54

Call to set up Eurasian fund to support youth initiatives

MOSCOW, 25 August (BelTA) - Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC) Mikhail Myasnikovich suggested setting up a Eurasian fund to support youth initiatives in the EAEU as he spoke at the opening of the CIS and EAEU Youth Forum Kelechek (The Future) in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan on 25 August, BelTA learned from the EEC press service.

“I believe that the fund could have regional branches and provide consulting, educational and other services free of charge, provide organizational and legal support for youth integration projects,” said Mikhail Myasnikovich.

In his words, the Strategic Development Guidelines for Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, which were approved by the heads of state, provide for broad public involvement in Eurasian integration processes. Young people aged up to 30 years comprise one fifth of the population of the EAEU countries and find their rightful place in the implementation of the important tasks of the social and economic development of the Union. “In order to develop communication channels, we plan to set up a one-stop service in the EEC to promptly consider young people's applications, support young entrepreneurs, young specialists, and students,” the chairman of the EEC Board stressed.

According to him, the Commission does its best to create more opportunities for working youth. The Work Without Borders unified system was launched last year. Today the database includes over 500,000 job vacancies. “Youth has a big role in the development of further directions of the Eurasian Economic Union,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

The event was also attended by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Japarov. In his welcoming speech, he said that the youth agenda of the CIS and the EAEU is one of the new vectors of Eurasian integration. “Education and public projects, especially in international economy, robotics and IT-technology, represent huge opportunities for creative youth. It is important that the youth agenda of the CIS and the EAEU is one of the new vectors of Eurasian integration. Further diversification will help us expand the geography of contacts of our youth with foreign countries and integration regional associations - from South America to Southeast Asia,” said Akylbek Japarov.

The EAEU and CIS Youth Forum Kelechek (The Future) is taking place in Cholpon-Ataon on 25-26 August as part of the meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council. The forum is attended by more than 200 delegates - young entrepreneurs, civil servants, representatives of creative young people, young diplomats and students from the EAEU and the CIS countries. The purpose of the forum is to promote cooperation between member states and popularize the idea of Eurasian integration. The forum is aimed at expanding youth interaction, creating new opportunities for the implementation of initiatives, social and professional fulfillment of the younger generation.

Photos courtesy of the Eurasian Economic Commission

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