YEREVAN, July 8. / ARKA /. In two days Armenia’s National Union of Employers and the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs will sign a cooperation agreement, Gagik Makaryan, head of the union, told reporters today.
He said the agreement will be signed to promote cooperation within the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. He added that similar agreements had been signed already with peers in Belarus and Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg. The union has contacts also with colleagues in Latvia, Germany and France, he added.
Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan, speaking at the Russian-led union’s most recent summit held in Astana on May 29, asked the three member states to ensure that the treaty on Armenia’s accession be signed by June 15.
The Eurasian Economic Union treaty signed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will enter into force on January 1, 2015. Russian president Vladimir Putin stressed at the May 29 summit that the treaty on Armenia’s accession to the union should be signed in the near future.
Kazakhstan’s foreign minister Erlan Idrissov said last week that Armenia is likely to complete its accession to the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) in October.
“The signing of the corresponding treaties will most probably take place in Minsk in October at a regular meeting of the EEU heads of state,” Idrissov wrote on Twitter.
Late last month deputy foreign minister of Armenia, Shavarsh Kocharyan said that the EEU’s executive body had already drafted Armenia’s accession treaty and sent it to Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan for their approval. He declined to say when it could happen.
The National Union of Employers of Armenia was established in 2007. Initially, the union had 150 members. At present, their total number is over 12,850, including not only separate companies, but also professional associations and unions.. -0 –