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Stronger cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Commission

Mr Tony Alonzi, Officer-in-charge, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and Mr Sergey Sergeevitch Sidorsky, Minister for industry and agro-industrial complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

Tony Alonzi, acting FAO Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia and Sergey Sergeevitch Sidorsky Member of the Board and Minister for Industry and the Agro-industrial Complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The delegation led by Sergey Sidorsky, also had talks with the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development.

The aim of the MoU is to support the member countries of Eurasian Economic Commission in their efforts to harmonize their policies. In particular there it is intended to inter alia collaborate in the areas of food security, climate change, rural development and trade integration in the Region. “We expect FAO supporting the integration of Kazakhstan and Belarus into the World Trade Organization as soon as possible” said Mr Sidorsky. Currently only the Russian Federation is a member of WTO, while negotiations with Kazakhstan and Belarus are still on-going. However, without the integration of all three founding members of the EEC harmonization of their trade regime is more difficult. “I believe that the work of the Eurasian Economic Commission will help increasing agriculture development in the Region” said Tony Alonzi taking into consideration that the EEC is also interested to expand its membership.

The EEC has signed a memorandum on developing cooperation on 6 November with Armenia.

The EEC is the regulatory body of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Space, established by the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Commission of November 18, 2011 signed between the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.

12 November 2013, Budapest, Hungary

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