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SCST and EEC discussed prospects for scientific and technical cooperation

SCST and EEC discussed prospects for scientific and technical cooperation

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SCST and EEC discussed prospects for scientific and technical cooperation

Belarus and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in science, technology and innovation, including in promising new directions for the member states of the union. This was discussed at a meeting between the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shumilin and members of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board Sergey Glazyev and Timur Zhaksylykov.

In order to expand and deepen the processes of Eurasian economic integration, including in the EAEU member states high technologies interaction, it is proposed to form a Scientific and Technical Council under the Chairman of the EEC Board. “The State Committee on Science and Technology fully supports the initiative to create a council. Such a platform is necessary, first of all, for discussion and consultation to ensure a scientifically based approach to the further development of the Eurasian Economic Union and activities of the Eurasian Economic Commission related to scientific research and design work,” said Alexander Shumilin. He also noted that at the present stage of development of the EAEU member states, the most important task is to modernize and increase the competitiveness of national economies. Achieving these goals is possible with the creation of a knowledge-based economy and the development of high-tech industries, the implementation of joint innovative projects with high added value. To finance such projects and support scientific and technical developments, Belarus proposes to create a specialized innovation fund under the Eurasian Development Bank, as well as to use the resources of this bank more widely.

The parties also discussed the interaction of the State Committee on Science and Technology with the Eurasian Economic Commission in the field of intellectual property, including the exhaustion of the exclusive right to trademarks and the holding of the annual International Anti-Counterfeiting Forum in 2020. Belarus is an active participant in the implementation of the main EAEU objectives. Currently, conditions have been formed for the development and functioning of a single market for goods, services, capital and labor. It should be noted that on February 3, 2020 Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia signed the Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of the Eurasian Economic Union. The document provides for the simplification and acceleration of the procedure for obtaining legal protection of trademarks, acting simultaneously on the territory of all EAEU member states, as well as reducing the costs of applicants.

The Eurasian Economic Union is an international organization of regional economic integration with international legal personality. The EAEU Member States are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

The Eurasian Economic Commission is a permanent supranational regulatory body of the Union, which is formed by the Council of the Commission and the Board of the Commission. The main tasks of the Commission are to ensure the conditions for the functioning and development of the Union, as well as the development of proposals in the field of economic integration within the EAEU. On February 1, 2020, the representative of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich became the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission. His candidacy was approved by the presidents of the EAEU.