Strict deadlines must be kept without fail
President of Belarus urges timely launch of Eurasian Economic Union Treaty
The presidents of Customs Union member states have agreed that the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty should be ready by May 1st, 2014, for launch on January 1st, 2015. “Set deadlines have been made and I wouldn’t like to break them,” the Belarusian President emphasised on meeting members of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Chairman of the Eurasian Economic Commission Collegium.
He added, “It’s vital, since work on establishing the Union State of Belarus and Russia and, even more so, the Commonwealth of Independent States, saw our people with inflated expectations (or perhaps normal ones) which we failed to meet. People are now anticipating the failure of the project and, if we shift the timeframe or fail to meet deadlines, they won’t be happy about it.” He underlined that participants of the meeting should report on progress in forming the Eurasian Economic Union: information sought not only by himself but by the presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan. He asserted, “You’re going to visit all the presidents and tell them about your work: starting with Belarus.” He is eager to hear whether there have been complaints about Belarus regarding the process and gave his guarantee that all issues would be settled, stressing that matters concerning the formation of economic unity would be discussed. “Naturally, economics will lead to other issues. Military and political issues within our Customs Union and the Single Economic Space rely on the Collective Security Treaty Organisation so we need to combine these aspects.”