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EAEU proposed to develop international treaty on scientific and technical cooperation

EAEU proposed to develop international treaty on scientific and technical cooperation

2/17/2021

This initiative was announced by attendees of the second meeting of the Presidium of the Scientific and Technical Council under the Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board held on February 17 at the EEC’s headquarters.

The meeting attendees have discussed some issues of scientific support for the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025, innovative projects that could ensure modernizing the Union’s economy as well as the possibility of involving young people and universities in this work.

As Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, has stressed the Commission attaches great value to interaction with the scientific community.

“We in the Board, we are calculating that our advice will be able to generate innovative ideas and cooperation projects. We have the task to promote the maximum self-sufficiency of the Union by combining all States’ efforts. It is required to use mechanisms for motivating the business community to create joint companies and boost export and rational import reduction," Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

The Chairman of the EEC Board proposed to use science and its internationality to create a kind of "cementing centers" of the Eurasian integration and popularize the Eurasian cooperation idea through science, making the EAEU an attractive integration association.

"We consider it expedient to elaborate a draft international treaty on scientific and technical cooperation within the EAEU which can become a real economic tool. We could talk about first approaches at the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council to be held in May this year," Mikhail Myasnikovich noted.

Sergei Glazyev, EEC Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics and Deputy Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council, has informed about directions of the Strategy-2025 in implementing which the Commission particularly needs the scientific community’s assistance. In particular, this includes encouraging joint research activities, developing flexible mechanisms for targeted assistance to economic development and building efficient management system for joint cooperative projects.

 

"The Strategy-2025 also includes the expansion of economic cooperation in the field of education, health care, tourism and sports. We count on your active support in this direction," Sergei Glazyev noted. 

Artak Kamalyan, EEC Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture and Member of the STC Presidium, proposed to create an educational platform in the field of academic mobility.

"This will provide the Union States’ students with an opportunity to study at leading universities with the strongest specialization and will also contribute to popularizing the Union itself. I guess it is important to consider the possibility of creating relevant Eurasian Fund as one of the tools for developing the academic mobility," Artak Kamalyan stressed.

Gegham Vardanyan, EEC Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Information Support, Information and Communication Technologies and Member of the STC Presidium, has noted the importance of addressing the data turnover within the EAEU.

 

"I guess, an agreement on data turnover as well as the use of regulatory "sandboxes" can be one of the incentives for the integration association. Removing the excessive regulatory burden from the integration processes in the field of ICT is one of the keys to accelerating digitalization," Gegham Vardanyan said.

The meeting attendees have expressed their proposals on cooperation in the field of science in the EAEU countries. In particular, the initiative to develop an international treaty on scientific and technical cooperation in the EAEU was unanimously endorsed.

 

"Our countries have already made attempts to establish scientific and technical cooperation, but this came to nothing as the mechanism for integrating scientific organizations had not been created. We hope that in new conditions and in the new close format we’ll succeed in implementing this," noted Murat Dzhumatayev, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Kyrgyzstan.

In turn, Aleksandr Kilchevsky, Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, expressed readiness to build up a concept of international treaty on scientific and technical cooperation in the EAEU.


Aleksandr Sergeev, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, dwelled on the issue of building a system of efficient management and financing of joint cooperative projects in the EAEU in the field of science and technology. Murat Zhurinov, President of the National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, shared his views on forming the Union’s single scientific space. 

For reference

The Scientific and Technical Council was established by Order of the Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Board on March 13, 2020. It functions as the Commission’s advisory authority on scientific and technological development of the EAEU. It consists of the Council’s Presidium and an expert group. The Presidium comprises Members (Ministers) of the Commission’s Board and two representatives of each State: Heads of National Academies of Sciences and deputy ministers in the field of education and science. The expert group comprises a wide range of experts from the Member States and provides the required level of technical expertise for this authority.​