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Mikhail Myasnikovich: "Coronavirus tests our Union to destruction"

Mikhail Myasnikovich: "Coronavirus tests our Union to destruction"


Elaborating measures to combat coronavirus has become a key topic of the agenda during the extraordinary meeting of the Eurasian Economic Commission’s Council held on March 25 in Moscow at the EEC’s headquarters. Deputy Prime Ministers - Members of the Council and Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the EEC Board, worked in the format of a videoconference, taking into account the difficult epidemiological situation in all Eurasian Economic Union countries.

Opening the meeting, Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that "the coronavirus sick rate has not been stabilized yet in the Union countries. There are problems in the work of production and monetary spheres". Along with that, he stressed that the EAEU countries' state authorities adopted systemic and prompt decisions. The EEC Board monitors the situation, has sent a review of essential measures to the Union countries and made certain recommendations.

"It makes sense to adopt a number of decisions to prevent the internal market from being swung by introducing unilateral prohibitions and restrictions by our countries, - Mikhail Myasnikovich said. - The relevant documents were adopted by the EEC Board and sent to the Council Members. This is a coercive measure that is within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union’s law".

In particular, restrictions have been proposed to export certain goods badly needed by citizens of its member countries in the internal market outside the Eurasian Economic Union. It is also planned to provide some benefits for importing socially important consumer goods.

"Nowadays, our EAEU is being tested, as they say, to destruction, - Mikhail Myasnikovich stated. - Decisions must be agreed upon. It can’t be otherwise".

Members of the EEC Council also discussed issues related to the upcoming meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in April. It was decided to hold it in the video conference mode as well.​