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    Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has called for the establishment of a directly elected Eurasian Parliament.

    Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin has called for the establishment of a directly elected Eurasian Parliament.

    "Recently there have been notable ‘breakthroughs’ in the Eurasian integration direction," Naryshkin told teachers and students of the Eurasian University in Astana during an official visit to Kazakhstan.

    "Of course, it is important that the work of the parliaments of our countries not lag behind the integration trends in the Eurasian space. The formation and development of the Eurasian supranational institutions, further convergence, harmonization and unification of national laws should be in the picture,”

    Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan set up a regional economic organization named EurAsEC (Eurasian Economic Community) in 2000 and seven years later Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan moved further on the road to integration by starting creation of the Customs Union.

    In November 2011, the presidents of those three countries signed a declaration on Eurasian economic integration, a roadmap for integration processes aimed at creating a Eurasian Economic Union, which will be based on the Customs Union and common economic space of the three countries.

    The final agreement on formation of the Eurasian Economic Union could be signed on January 1, 2015.

    “In our opinion, a Eurasian Parliament should be established. Of course, this problem can not be resolved immediately and involves gradual transformation of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Eurasec into Eurasian Interparliamentary Assembly, and then in a full-fledged Eurasian Parliament,” the speaker of the Duma said.

    According to Naryshkin, it is important to give a number of significant powers to the Eurasian Interparliamentary Assembly. He said it should develop a framework of legislation in key areas of legal relationships.

    More than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is again herding former Soviet republics into a union to reap political advantages if not economic ones.

    Russia would like to see Ukraine join the Customs Union. Last October Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to forget “its political phobias of the past, look to the future,” and join the Customs Union.

    Kiev has so far declined to join the Customs Union, but said that it is willing to cooperate on a ‘3+1’ basis - an option that has been rejected by Moscow.

     

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