Friday, November 09, 2012

Fate of EurAsian Economic Community to be sealed in December 2012

EurAsEC fate to get sealed in December

09.11.2012 13:20

MOSCOW, 9 November (BelTA) – The future fate of the Eurasian Economic Community that unites Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan will be decided at a meeting of the heads of state in December 2012, Mr Mikhail Yevdokimov, Director of the First Department of the CIS States of the Russian Foreign Ministry, told media on 9 November.

BelTA has learned that the decision to gradually reform the EurAsEC was made in late 2011 because the EurAsEC parallels many functions of the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan. The workforce of the EurAsEC Secretariat has been reduced from 97 to 22 people, said Mikhail Yevdokimov.

In his words, forms of interaction of the Customs Union with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are being discussed. "Belarus has made an interesting proposal on partnership and we are going to discuss it," said the diplomat.