Expert: Eurasian Economic Union and EU have a lot in common


Expert: Eurasian Economic Union and EU have a lot in common

New directions for mutually beneficial cooperation were searched October 27 by politicians from Europe and Eurasia, as well as representatives of the United Nations. Accents have placed on economic integration and the development of business contacts. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the European Union have a lot in common, said Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Yevgeny Shestakov at the international conference "Minsk dialogue".

Yevgeny Shestakov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus:

We are not limited only by the Western vector integration. Among the most important tasks is integration of EEU with integration unions and Asian mega-projects.

Negotiations have begun with China, Israel and Serbia. There is a substantive consideration of the start of negotiations with Egypt, India, Iran, Korea, and Singapore. The desire of Belarus and its allies to strengthen integration across the world is a kind of our manifesto.

On October 27 it became known that the European Union plans to strengthen cooperation with Belarus in the sphere of energy. Since the creation of "Minsk dialogue", four successful international conferences have been held. They have gathered in the Belarusian capital leading experts from the European Union, Russia, Eastern European countries and the United States.

Wolfgang Zender, program director for Belarus, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Germany):
It is sometimes said that Belarus is a kind of bridge between the two cultures. I think it is right. Belarus is a true marketplace of ideas, a platform to discuss the situation in the region.

Yevgeny Preigerman, head of the expert initiative "Minsk dialogue":
This is the fifth "Minsk dialogue" conference. Interest on the part of Russia, the EU, and the United States emphasizes that Belarus may be, if not a mediator then a platform where everyone can come and, throwing away constraints, talk about the most pressing issues.