On 21 November 2019, the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Andreichenko, spoke at the opening of the 57th session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union of Belarus and Russia, which was held in Saint Petersburg.
Vladimir Andreichenko thanked his Russian colleagues — members of the Parliamentary Assembly, who took an active part in international monitoring of the parliamentary election campaign held in Belarus as part of the IPA CIS mission, and assured the meeting participants that the new composition of the Belarusian deputation in the Parliamentary Assembly will ensure consistency of operations in its work.
Noting the success of the Union State construction, achieved over 20 years of implementation of the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State, Vladimir Andreichenko drew the attention of deputies to the importance of consistent implementation of measures aimed at the formation of common economic space, and positively assessed the fact that the main focus today the parties have made on solving issues of this topic.
He stressed that the documents that are being prepared within the framework of the draft Joint Action Program for the implementation of the Treaty on Union Cooperation, signed by the heads of governments of Belarus and Russia on 6 September 2019, should be signed by the package principle.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives also stressed that in determining the ways to resolve problematic issues on the bilateral agenda, a large role is assigned to parliamentarians, who should pay more attention to parliamentary control, monitoring the developed acts for their compliance with international obligations of Belarus and Russia.
In order not to rein in the pace of work and the effectiveness of the projects being implemented, the Parliamentary Assembly should adjust its approaches to budget planning and coordination of joint actions in the international arena, including the framework of promoting integration in the format of the Eurasian Economic Union, taking into account the upcoming Belarusian presidency at the EAEU.