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Heads of EAEU States: the Union has genuinely fulfilled and operates successfully

Heads of EAEU States: the Union has genuinely fulfilled and operates successfully

5/29/2019
Important decisions were made in the spheres of integration, macroeconomics, trade, electric power industry, customs cooperation, financial policy, single market of services, and digitization of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries’ economies, industrial cooperation, competition and a number of other spheres during the Anniversary meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (SEEC) held on May 29 in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan). The event is coincided with two anniversaries - the 5th anniversary of signing the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the 25th anniversary of the Eurasian Integration idea.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Tigran Sargsyan, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Yelbasy (Head of the Nation) Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon - as the Head of the Observer State at the EAEU, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon - as the guest of honor, Chairman of the Executive Committee – Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Sergey Lebedev.
Opening the meeting, the Chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan stressed: “I’m honored to chair the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. The EAEU celebrates two anniversaries this year. It should be stated that the Union is steadily developing, opening up brand new opportunities for businesses and economies of our countries”.
President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko noted that “the EAEU is certainly still too young. However, it has already proved its effectiveness and independence by providing our countries with an additional source of economic growth enabling to counteract negative trends in the world. There are great prospects ahead”.
“Owing to statesmanship, strategic vision of the First President of Kazakhstan, the idea of the Eurasian Integration has received its practical implementation”, - Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said.
The First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the EAEU was built up over a huge geographic area, combining the capabilities of five countries. It is past time to come up with a new development strategy in the Union. It is worthwhile to expand strategic contours and strengthen the idea of integration. “We should establish full economic cooperation with the EU and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). And perhaps with the ASEAN too”, - Nursultan Nazarbayev believes. He also stressed the need to accelerate the work on elaborating and implementing major joint infrastructure projects.
“The EAEU effectiveness depends on the ability to create equal competitive conditions both between its Members and with third countries”, - Sooronbay Jeenbekov, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, stated. The Head of the State noted that despite the impact of global economic challenges, the Union was still being formed. Nowadays, the EAEU is positioned as a rapidly growing integration association. It’s important to remain in an uptrend. For these purposes, it’s required to further promote the Union’s priority areas. The implementation of the Digital Agenda was announced by the President of Kyrgyzstan as one of such priority areas.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that “Nowadays the Eurasian Economic Union is an effective integration association whose activities are based on equality, mutual benefit and respect for each other’s interests”. He also stressed that “all the figures clearly indicate that the Eurasian integration works and brings real results”. In particular, the Head of the Russian State noted that the Eurasian Economic Commission prepared an Agreement that would make it possible, when calculating the size of social pensions, to take into account the retiree’s entire service record in any of the Union States. “I think this is very important for our ordinary people, for someone who has worked all their life” - he said.
According to Igor Dodon, President of the Republic of Moldova, the citizens of Moldova are on the lookout for the Eurasian integration processes, which are always supported in the Moldovan society. The Observer status at the EAEU allowed Moldova to participate in many events held in the Union. “We intend to take maximum advantage of trade and economic cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union countries”, - the President of the Republic of Moldova stated.
In turn, the Chairman of the EEC Board Tigran Sargsyan congratulated the SEEC Members on the fifth anniversary of the Eurasian Economic Union. He noted that such a digital agenda was designed within the framework of the EAEU for the first time, the agenda which allows countries to fully form their digital sovereignty on an equal basis. “Ten projects we are launching and the ecosystem we are forming will give our countries this unique opportunity not only to use technological and technical solutions offered by global transnational corporations, but also to have their own digital products which relate to all spheres of economic activities of our Union”, - Tigran Sargsyan said.
This matter is attractive for the neighbors of the participating countries which are not members of the Union. “Digitization of all spheres of the Union’s activities makes their partnership with us relevant. Otherwise, if we carry out digital transformation of all spheres - customs, logistics, labor exchanges and transportation - it means that objective obstacles will be created for those countries that will not join our decisions. This may be attractive for our neighbors in terms of digital sovereignty on equal terms within our Union”, - he stressed. Speaking to reporters following the results of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council’s meeting, Tigran Sargsyan reported that the first five years were assessed by the SEEC Members as prosperous; the Union and the Commission (as a supranational body) have genuinely fulfilled, which is evidenced by international recognition. Many countries and international organizations wish to cooperate with the EAEU. Decisions were made on all issues of the agenda, apart from the standards for distributing amounts of import customs duties between the budgets of the EAEU countries. The search for a fair approach to divide duties will continue. The issue will be submitted for discussion to the next SEEC and the Intergovernmental Council. The SEEC Members signed several international treaties - the Treaty on the formation of the Union’s common electric power market (CEPM), the Agreement on the mechanism of traceability of goods imported into the EAEU customs territory; they also discussed the implementation of the Digital Agenda for 2019. The Heads of the EAEU States expressed their striving to join the ranks of the leaders of global growth and civilizational progress in their joint statement on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of signing the Treaty on the Union.