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MINSK, January 1. /TASS/. The activities of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) during the past year have shown the viability of the new integration association and outlined the promising areas of cooperation with its partners both at the bilateral level and with the inter-state economic entities, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives (lower chamber) of the Belarusian National Assembly Vitaly Busko told TASS.
"The first year the treaty on the EAEU was in effect showed that our union has succeeded, it was recognized in the world," he said. According to Busko, "today more than 30 countries expressed their desire in some way or another to cooperate with the EAEU in different areas." He drew attention to the fact that the EAEU had not been built "from scratch." "The Union State (of Russia and Belarus) and the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan became a basis for the development of integration," the parliamentarian said. "And the fact that Armenia and Kyrgyzstan joined the EAEU so quickly shows that the chosen integration pattern was correct and effective," Busko noted. He voiced confidence that new members would be able to join the EAEU in the future. The Belarusian lawmaker pointed to the challenges facing the new association, mainly those relating to global economic problems. "Of course, there are problems. But it’s difficult to build a family in one year too," he added.
The Eurasian Economic Union, an international economic integration association, comprises Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. At present the EAEU occupies an area of more than 20 million square meters with a population of about 182 million people. The EAEU began its work with the entry into force of a treaty on establishing the Union on January 1, 2015.