Posted: 03.12.2021 15:26:00

Governments in Belarus, Russia start working on integration programmes

The Secretary of State of the Union State, Dmitry Mezentsev, delivered a speech at the 61st session of the Parliamentary Assembly, stating that Russian and Belarusian governments had begun working over integration programmes

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The official reminded those present that the heads of state signed 28 such programmes, adding, “Our governments have already begun to form approaches to their implementation. They envisage interaction in the most important areas of national economies. This is necessary to ensure more significant scales for the common economic space of the Union State, to enhance competitiveness of our common scientific, technological and economic potential, to enable our products to be sold in various markets. It is important that people’s individual prosperity and companies’ profits are guaranteed by the fulfilment of significant large scale social obligations determined by our heads of state.”

As Mr. Mezentsev informed, the practice of interaction in the electric power industry, formation of the gas market, nuclear energy, harmonisation of approaches in the financial and banking spheres, in the field of labour and social protection has been determined.

“An action plan aimed at development of small and medium-sized businesses until 2023 has been approved by the Council of Ministers of the Union State – to specify the conditions for supporting small and medium-sized businesses and creating additional jobs. Harmonisation of monetary policy is of great importance. Integration of payment systems, ensuring information security and protection of citizens are important for individuals and businesses,” Mr. Mezentsev added.

According to him, it is also necessary to remove technical and bureaucratic barriers that sometimes arise when delivering products (Belarusian goods to the Russian market and Russian products to Belarus).