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EEC and OSCE intensify contacts to improve interaction efficiency

EEC and OSCE intensify contacts to improve interaction efficiency

11/2/2018
The Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Tigran Sargsyan and Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), discussed some prospects for the development of economic cooperation between two international bodies.
The meeting took place on November 2 at the EEC Headquarters in Moscow. It was attended by Members of the EEC Board – EEC Minister in charge of Integration and Macroeconomics Tatyana Valovaya, EEC Minister in charge of Trade Veronika Nikishina, EEC Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies Karine Minasyan, Director of Conflict Prevention Center Marcel Pesco, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the OSCE Luca Fratini and other representatives of the EEC and OSCE.
The parties expressed their satisfaction that cooperation agreements reached in October 2017 during the meeting held within the Chairman of the EEC Board Tigran Sargsyan’s participation at the OSCE Permanent Council’s meeting are fully implemented. “There is a direct, constant contact between our secretariats and a dialogue between our departments," - stated the Chairman of the EEC Board.
Thomas Greminger proposed to discuss some opportunities of strengthening cooperation between the EEC and the OSCE, find areas where such cooperation can be intensified. "There is a good conceptual framework which helps to structure relations. It has been formed since 2016", - he noted. The OSCE Secretary General highlighted the areas where the parties could develop cooperation, such as transport sector, migration policy and human resources, and digital economy. According to him, it is necessary to discuss the areas of cooperation and begin to act.
Tigran Sargsyan proposed, in return, the digital transformation as a mean of establishing cooperation. “Both your and our mandates include some issues of digital and life-long education and digital standards. The EEC will address the issues within its competence and propose approaches to drafting a cooperation "road map" - Tigran Sargsyan emphasized.
The Chairman of the EEC Board also noted the importance of transport corridor projects, which are related to the digital transformation as well. "We have specific projects on transport corridors, which have been included in the agenda for cooperation with China. What is important is that Chinese, European and Eurasian standards are harmonized from the very beginning. This is relevant to the security issue," – expressed his view Tigran Sargsyan.
Thomas Greminger supported this proposal. "I’m looking forward to the first steps of intensifying cooperation between the EEC and the OSCE," the OSCE Secretary General concluded.
The parties agreed to intensify contacts between the secretariats and institutions aiming to improve the interaction efficiency. It was decided to hold a meeting of the EEC and OSCE representatives to discuss cooperation plans for the foreseeable future.