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Prospects of EEU-EU free trade agreement discussed

MINSK, 4 December (BelTA) – A seminar “Towards a Eurasian Economic Union: Integration and cooperation” took place in Brussels. The seminar had been organized by the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in association with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry told BelTA.

Participants of the seminar discussed the current state and directions of the further evolution of integration processes in the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, prospects of other CIS states joining them, and the future signing of a free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the European Union.

Resident Representative of Belarus in the European Union Mr Andrei Yevdochenko took part in the seminar as well as heads of the European Union missions of Russia and Kazakhstan, representatives of European institutes and European Union member states, the diplomatic corps, business associations and research centers.

Ms Tatiana Valovaya, Minister for Main Integration Directions and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Mr Peter Balazs, Deputy Director General for Trade of the European Commission, and Mr Oleg Preksin, Executive Director for International Cooperation of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, delivered their reports.