Session of Supreme Eurasian Economic Council and CIS informal summit
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko took part in the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Saint Petersburg on 20 December.
The summit was taking place in the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library that often hosts international, national and regional social and political events and scientific forums.
The leaders reviewed progress in integration cooperation in 2019, discuss issues and prospects of cooperation, including taking into account Belarus’ presidency in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in 2020. The agenda of the summit included matters related to strategic areas of Eurasian economic integration, the appointment of the Сhairperson and members of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), performance review and major approaches to the EEC composition, and also a number of other areas of interstate cooperation.
As Russian President Vladimir Putin was opening the summit, he expressed hope that it will produce meaningful results. He gave special thanks to Honorary Chairman of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council Nursultan Nazarbayev who was behind the establishment of the EAEU. “Everything is up and running and is functioning in the best way possible. However, I would like to draw attention to the fact that some issues remain unresolved. This has to do with various kinds of restrictions and exemptions. In this regard, I would like to say that this is natural for all integration projects. We are treading step by step towards removal of these restrictions,” Vladimir Putin said. In fact, the EAEU member states have already finalized the development strategy of the union.
Thus, in 2020 Belarus will preside over the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, and the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The document will come into force on 1 January 2020.
Aleksandr Lukashenko thanked the Armenian side, which had productively presided over the union, and invited leaders of the states to participate in an EAEU summit in Minsk in May 2020.
Mikhail Myasnikovich was introduced to the leaders of the countries. “This is a very experienced man. Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev just sent me a letter giving his consent. Our Honorary Сhairman [Nursultan Nazarbayev] also said that he supports the candidacy of the Chairman,” the head of state said.