Esteemed Colleagues and Friends!
February 2, 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the Eurasian Economic Commission, establishing which marked the transition to a whole new institutional level of the Eurasian integration development. Signing of the Declaration on the Eurasian Economic Integration which specified main directions of practical cooperation, formation of the legal framework of the Customs Union, the Single Economic Space and the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union based on them by the Presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia on November 18, 2011 was a key step towards a new stage of integration construction.
Over the course of ten years, the Commission as a permanent regulatory authority of the Eurasian Economic Union, has been achieving objectives to ensure its functioning, draft proposals in the field of further development of the Eurasian economic integration based on the principles of mutual benefit, equality and consideration of national interests, economic feasibility of decisions as well as openness, transparency and objectivity.
During this period, we managed to ensure high rates of integration processes development owing to high ground decisions adopted by the Heads of State and Government of our countries as well as highly coordinated work of the Commission and the Member States' ministries and departments.
Over the years, the Commission’s Board changed twice. Each Chairman of the Commission’s Board had overreaching goals and relevant objectives. Continuity in the Commission’s activities has become the key to progressive implementation of the Union's agenda. The work organized by the Eurasian Economic Commission in 2012-2016 is a definite merit of the first Commission’s Board led by Viktor Borisovich Khristenko; developing the integration project in 2016-2020 with due regard to the first outcomes of the Commission and the Union, became the task of the second Board chaired by Tigran Surenovich Sargsyan and search for new integration content and response to unprecedented challenges associated with the pandemic are the objectives of the current Commission’s Board.
The Commission succeeded owing to critical activities of the Council’s members, the Board’s members, officials and employees of the Commission, making a worthy contribution to developing the Eurasian Economic Union.
I express my gratitude to all international employees of the Commission. Your conscientious work is the legal and economic foundations created for the integration processes development. The Treaty on the Union, the Customs Code and the Strategic Directions for Developing the Eurasian Economic Integration until 2025 have been adopted, new members and Observer States have joined the Union, free movement and social guarantees of workers have been ensured, the Pension Agreement has come into effect, more than 50 technical regulations and more than 12,000 international standards are in force and the single market of goods for more than 180 million consumers successfully operates.
I am confident that the accumulated experience, the highest professionalism of the members of the Council, the Board, officials and Commission’s employees will continue to meet all the demands of the times and improve the quality and efficiency of the Eurasian integration.
Congratulations on the anniversary, dear friends and colleagues!I wish you new achievements, good health and prosperity to all!