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Eurasian Economic Union should be no worse than the EU, Alexander Lukashenko says

The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) should be no worse than the European Union, said the Belarusian President meeting with Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission to discuss integration processes in the framework of the EEU March 24.

Tigran Sargsyan has been in the post since February. Before that, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Armenia to the United States and for six years was the Prime Minister of Armenia.

Such an experienced person will help create favorable conditions so that the integration association functions at a high level, said Alexander Lukashenko. In addition, the EEU needs to move further on the way to the four freedoms under the Treaty on the Union: freedom of movement of goods, services, capital and labor.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
We have enough successes. In a relatively short period of time, we created our union. But there are lots of shortcomings. Therefore everyone should make their best effort. You can do it, from our committee, which you head, to the presidents and the prime ministers. We need to take the EEU to a high level. We have no way back, we need to improve it, we need to create a union that would be no worse than the European Union. Otherwise the people will think we are talkers. Therefore, we set for ourselves some tasks in 2015, you remember our presidency... We proposed a plan of action for our union, but many questions remain unfinished, there were many uncertainties. The accession of the Kazakh Republic to the WTO also left its mark and we had to adapt in this respect. Therefore, there are a lot of problems. But I am an optimist, and I am sure that life will make us move very quickly in the formation of our union. So that we do have those freedoms of markets, of capital and labor, services and transportation. So that our national problems do not interfere with the development of our common interests and the addressing of the issues that we face in common.

Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the board of the Eurasian Economic Commission:
Given the vast experience and a great job on creating a single economic space, I would like us to create a new impetus to the integration process, and to our citizens, our businesses so that they can feel the real impact of these integration processes.

The agreement on the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union was signed in May 2014 in Astana. Belarus was the first to chair the union. This year, this is Kazakhstan's turn.

During its official chairmanship Astana plans to pay special attention to the establishment of a free trade zone between the EEU and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, as well as develop economic cooperation with China. Unchanged remains the fact that Eurasian integration should be built on mutual respect and consideration of the views of the member associations. The EEU countries must together overcome the difficulties.

Tigran Sargsyan:
We need a document that clearly defines the strategy for forward movement, taking into account global trends. Especially in the area of ​​trade, the creation of new economic associations, as well as building new chains that create added value. And from this point of view, we need to submit for discussion by heads of state our holistic vision of how we position ourselves in these global trends.

Eurasian Economic Union should be no worse than the EU, Alexander Lukashenko says