Regions bring momentum to the development of Eurasian integration

_ Tigran Sargsyan, chairman of the board, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). International Forum “Orenburg Region is the Heart of Eurasia” Orenburg, 2 November 2017.

Increased cross-border and interregional cooperation between the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is increasingly becoming the trend of Eurasian integration.

“Thanks to the strategy of openness, support of good neighbour relations and cooperation building, the Orenburg Region became an active participant in integration processes,” Tigran Sargsyan said. “We can only welcome and support the desire of the regions to bring momentum to our common cause. We are pleased to see that mutual trade between the countries of the Union grows, and boundary regions show the ever-high attractiveness for foreign investors.”

For his part, the Governor of the Orenburg Region, Yuri Berg, emphasized that during its work, the Forum, which is held for the seventh time, “repeatedly confirmed its status as an effective international platform, at which topical issues of interaction and social and economic development  were discussed in the integration context.” Yuri Berg thanked the management of the Eurasian Economic Commission for supporting the event for the second consecutive year. He noted that it “helps us to significantly expand the range of working topics.”

According to the Chairman of the EEC Board, the supranational law in the EAEU countries contributes to a better jurisdiction and regulation in different industries. Citizens of the Union have got the opportunity to freely live without quotas and permits, to learn and work in any Member State, to get free emergency medical assistance, etc.

One of the decisive factors for the effectiveness of inter-regional relations is also transportation and infrastructure integration. The Union implements an agreed transport policy, the road map under which for 2018-2020 was adopted during the last session of Heads of the Governments.

The EAEU strategic tasks include implementation of the Union digital agenda approved by the Presidents of the Member States on October 11, in Sochi. The Eurasian Economic Commission will select digital integration projects and participate in subsequent work on them.

“We also intend to intensify the work on establishing joint companies in the real sector of the economy that will be able to create and promote Eurasian brands,” Tigran Sargsyan emphasised. “We hope that the regions of the Union’ countries will become drivers for the launch of joint projects and promotion in all strategic integration tasks.”

In conclusion, the Chairman of the EEC Board called on to increase the intensity and depth of not only bilateral relations, but also the multilateral dialogue between the regions of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, including those that do not have common borders.

During his visit to Orenburg, Tigran Sargsyan also gave a lecture to the students of the Orenburg State University. He spoke about the importance and objectives of the Eurasian integration, its impact on the economies of the Member States, how the EAEU builds commercial relations with third countries, and expressed the need for the development of the digital agenda of the Union.

In addition, the Chairman of the EEC Board, together with the Heads of the regions of the EAEU Member States, including the West Kazakhstan Region of the Republic of Kazakhstan, visited a number of enterprises in the Orenburg Region that supply their goods in other EAEU Member States.

The International Forum “Orenburg Region is the Heart of Eurasia” is a key platform for discussion of issues related to economic, informational and cultural relations in the Eurasian space.

Key topics for the agenda of the Forum were questions of formation of uniform conditions for the life support of the EAEU countries, development of the strategy for commercialization of new technologies and common approaches in the digital economy.

The Forum was attended by over 3,000 delegates – representatives of business, public authorities and authorities for culture from the Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union, including the regions of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and several countries of the world.


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