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1 Oct 2019

Belarus president calls for political decision to dismantle barriers in EAEU

Belarus president calls for political decision to dismantle barriers in EAEU

YEREVAN, 1 October (BelTA) – It is necessary to make a political decision to get rid of barriers in the Eurasian Economic Union. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement during the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Yerevan on 1 October, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “We’ve invested the Eurasian Economic Commission with the authority to track goods and label them. The commission has to guarantee that these forward-looking proposals will not become another trade barrier. The union has enough barriers as it is. It is particularly alarming when barriers are put in place in such sensitive spheres as, for instance, government procurement. It is time for the heads of state to look into the painful problem and make a political decision.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko believes the authority of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the EAEU Court may be increased.

Belarus will take over presidency in the Eurasian Economic Union in 2020 and the country’s representative will lead the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission. Aleksandr Lukashenko stressed the country is seriously getting ready for this period. “The Eurasian Economic Union is a very young institution. It is necessary to invest a lot of effort and assets in its development in order to create a comprehensive and effective economic union in 2025 at the latest, in order to form uniform industry-specific policies, and implement provisions of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty,” the head of state concluded.

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