In 2015, Belarus presided over the EAEU and put forward a plan of action. Mr. Lukashenko stated that, for various reasons, we are yet to solve a number of issues. To a certain extent, this is due to changes in the composition of the Eurasian Economic Commission. He notes, “We haven’t done enough somewhere or there has been too much uncertainty. The accession of Kazakhstan to the WTO also had an impact; we had to adapt.”
In spite of these problems, the Belarusian Head of State remains optimistic about the future of the Eurasian Economic Union. He underlines, “Life will compel us to make progress in establishing the union, building the formula we’ve always spoken of. We need to ensure real freedom of markets, capital, and workforce within our borders. Our national problems shouldn’t hinder the promotion of common interests and the resolution of pending issues.”
Tigran Sargsyan expressed hope that efforts to create a single economic space and to share huge experience will inspire integration processes. “Our citizens and businesses should see real benefits from these activities,” he noted, highlighting serious transformations in the world. He believes that there are new challenges for European integration, saying, “It will be easier for us to cope will all these modern challenges together.” He feels confident that priorities determined during the presidency of Belarus will remain in the spotlight. However, much is yet to be achieved.
By Vladimir Khromov