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14 February 2020, 18:34

Coordination of positions on Eurasian integration strategy hailed

MOSCOW, 14 February (BelTA) – The countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) have made progress in the coordination of the draft Eurasian integration strategy, the press service of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) told BelTA after the meeting of the vice premiers of the EAEU member states in Moscow on 14 February.

Earlier, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council instructed the governments of the EAEU states, together with the EEC, to finalize the document and submit it for consideration in April. “We are working out specific formulations, concrete activities that will contribute to the development of the union,” Chairman of the EEC Board Mikhail Myasnikovich said as he opened the meeting. He added that over the two weeks of work on the project, the experts managed to make significant progress and agreed on about 50 positions of the project.

The meeting also focused on the activities related to the removal of barriers and restrictions, customs regulations, mechanisms and guarantees in insuring goods safety, consumer protection and many more. “The deputy heads of government reached consensus on a number of previously unagreed positions,” the EEC said.

The draft Eurasian economic integration guidelines through 2025 have been prepared as a follow-up to the Declaration on Further Integration in the Eurasian Economic Union, which was approved by the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in late 2018. The strategic guidelines will define the main benchmarks of the integration policy. They will disclose measures and mechanisms that will help complete the development of the legal framework for cooperation of the EAEU states, improve the executive discipline of the supranational and national institutions of the union, ensure the harmonization and synchronization of approaches of the member states to identify and regulate new areas of cooperation.

"The document goes beyond the scope of the current agreement on the EAEU to some extent. Among the new areas are the development of green technologies, renewable energy sources, economic aspects in healthcare, tourism, education and science,” the EEC said.

Once the document is approved by the Intergovernmental Council, it will be considered at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in May.

The Belarusian delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko at today's meeting.

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