Prime ministers work for the sake of future
Kazakhstan’s Burabay hosts another session of CIS Heads of Government Council, and session of Eurasian Intergovernmental Council
The agenda included a wide range of issues, relating primarily to integration co-operation within the CIS. The participants of the meeting adopted a joint financial and economic action plan, and approved a CIS transport security strategy for international forwarding. Moreover, the Heads of Government approved an action plan for 2015-2016 as part of the CIS interstate innovation co-operation programme (until 2020) and a draft concept on CIS inter-regional and border co-operation (until 2020), with an action plan for its implementation.
The session approved a draft concept to set up and develop an interstate system for training, professional retraining and enhancing the qualifications of personnel in the sphere of intellectual property. In addition, it discussed how best to develop a united system of control and assessment of the CIS Defence Ministries’ radiation, chemical and biological situation, through until 2020. The CIS Heads of Government Council also appointed Major General Oleg Zemskov (of Belarus) as Deputy Head of the CIS Antiterrorist Centre.
A year has passed since the EEU Treaty was signed. With the accession of Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, our five states now share common integration objectives. This is the new reality, to which we must adapt, learning how to develop and make decisions. In other words, we must launch all the mechanisms created. According to the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, efforts should be focused upon eliminating barriers to the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour. “We’ve removed some restrictions, but still have problems to work on. This is normal, since any integration association faces such problems if it aims to be strong. We believe that ours is a strong integration union. Every year, the number of restrictions reduces,” Mr. Medvedev underlined.
Belarus’ Prime Minister, Andrei Kobyakov, attended a number of bilateral meetings with colleagues from other countries, as part of the session.
By Vladimir Velikhov