Russia calls for dialogue between Eurasian Economic Union and EU

05/01/2015
Russia's EU Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov

Vladimir Chizhov – “common sense”

Russia calls for dialogue: Russia’s ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov last week urged Brussels to launch talks with the newly born Eurasian Economic Union, despite the Ukraine crisis. “Common sense advises us to explore the possibility of establishing a common economic space in the Eurasian region”, he told the EU Observer. “We might think of a free trade zone encompassing all of the interested parties in Eurasia”. He also claimed that the new Russia-led bloc would make for better partner for the EU than the US.
The treaty establishing the Eurasian Union entered came into force on January 1 2015. Its founding member states are Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia, with Kyrgyzstan set to join in May. Over the next 10 years, it aims to create a court in Minsk, a financial regulator in Astana and, possibly, to open Eurasian Economic Commission offices in Astana, Bishkek, Minsk, and Yerevan. Modelled on the EU, it has a Moscow-based executive body, the Eurasian Economic Commission, and a political body, the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council.
It allows for the free movement of workers and for a single market for construction, retail, and tourism and plans to extend this to 40 other sectors, with pharmaceuticals next in line in 2016. EU Observer