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Tigran Sargsyan: "The Union State of Russia and Belarus is one of the EAEU development drivers"

Tigran Sargsyan: "The Union State of Russia and Belarus is one of the EAEU development drivers"

Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), believes that the Union State and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) complement each other. He told about the peculiarities of these integration associations at a scientific and practical conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of signing the Treaty on establishing the Union State.

This year has become the year of the Eurasian integration – we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Eurasian integration idea, the 20th anniversary of the Union State, and the 5th anniversary of creating the Eurasian Economic Union. I think this synchrony is not accidental", - Tigran Sargsyan noted in his welcoming address.

The Chairman of the EEC Board believes that integration structures are going through an important stage in their development, the range of integration specialists is expanding and their professionalism is growing. These are not peripheral processes anymore, but a sizeable portion of each country's national development agenda.

"The Union State of Russia and Belarus has been and remains a pillar and one of the drivers for developing the Eurasian Economic Union", - Tigran Sargsyan considers.  Along with that, the EAEU is interested in deepening integration in the Union State, in the same way as the Union State is interested in deepening integration of five countries within the Eurasian Economic Union. The logic is simple: if Russia and Belarus deepen cooperation in a certain sphere, these integration processes are then easier and simpler to extend to the entire Eurasian Union.

For instance, the EAEU plans to create a number of common markets by 2025. This is a rather complicated process, and when Russia and Belarus reach a consensus within the Union State before this deadline, the chances of finding common ground within the EAEU significantly increase.

The Chairman of the EEC Board also noted that the Union State had many programs, including in humanitarian realm, which were not covered by the Eurasian Union. Best practices are shared on many issues as the objectives coincide and the sides are governed by common integration principles. If a new idea has emerged, then its approbation could be sometimes started at the level of the Union State. Afterwards, it could be scaled-up to the EAEU participating countries.

The Scientific and Practical Conference "Union State: achievements, problems, and prospects" brought together about 500 participants from Belarus and Russia, representing all branches of government, business, academic and cultural community, and leading mass media. Apart from the plenary session, there are six thematic sections devoted to the convergence of legislations, formation of a common economic space, modernization of transport infrastructure, social policy in the Union State, and cooperation in the sphere of security and combating terrorism. ​