President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev together with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Belarus' Alexander Lukashenko, Armenia's Serzh Sargsyan, and Kyrgyzstan's Almazbek Atambayev took part in the session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on December 23 in Moscow.
The heads of state reviewed the issues of the Eurasian Economic Union that is to start working from January 1, 2015, azh.kz refers to akipress.org.
The Presidents have signed a number of resolutions relating to the regulation of the activities of the EEC, the formation and functioning of the Commission and the Court of the Union.
The presidents signed the Treaty on Accession of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Eurasian Economic Union as of 29 May 2014.
Following the meeting, the Presidents spoke at a joint press conference.
- The Eurasian Economic Union was created primarily for the ordinary citizens and their interests. More than 180 million citizens of the member states will get equal opportunities for doing business, free trade, employment, communication, expansion of inter-regional cooperation and humanitarian cooperation. We are strengthening the friendship, good neighborliness, and trust between our countries and peoples.
- Today it is extremely important for each side to maintain a wise balance between national priorities and interstate commitments. All of us together should secure the desired effectiveness of the Eurasian Economic Commission. The potential of the Eurasian Economic Union member states is huge. Rapprochement will only make us stronger. It means that advancement along the integration track should be continued. There is no other way out.
- The Eurasian Economic Union is open for all our neighbors, in the framework of the CIS, partners in the east and west. Theparticipation of Armenia that signed such a treaty earlier and Kyrgyzstan in the EEU will contribute to the countries’ development. The growth of the number of participants is for the good of the Union as well.
- The agreement defined clear and fair options of Kyrgyzstan's accession to the union, common customs tariff, the date of application of the tariff, abolition of customs control on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border and the agreement's entry into force. I am sure that difficult times will be easier to survive if we are friends and help each other.