December 31, 2014
EEC Press Office
Armenia is now in the Eurasian Economic Union
January 2, the Treaty on Armenia's accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is coming into force. Armenia became
the fourth full-fledged Member-State of the Eurasian Economic Union together with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
By this Treaty Armenia has made a part of the Treaty on the Eurasian Economic Union, signed by the Presidents of the EEU
Member-States - Alexander Lukashenko, Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin on May 29, 2014 in Astana, as well as
other international treaties forming the EEU legal framework. From now on, Armenia undertakes corresponding obligations,
and therewith gets access to the EEU single market with 170 million citizens.
By joining the Eurasian Economic Union, the state gets fully involved into implementation of the Eurasian project aimed,
on the one hand, at forming of four freedoms: free movement of goods, services, capital and labour force. On the other
hand, - at creation of one of the key economic centers of evolving architecture of the multipolar world.
The fourth partner expects a number of positive effects form integration. Among the key ones there are an increase of
goods turnover due to elimination of barriers and minimization of administrative expenses, increase of mobility of
labour force due to introduction to the single labour market, increase of stability of economic development due to
reduction of economic isolation effect, development of infrastructure projects, participation in drawing up of the
agenda using the mechanisms of the Eurasian Economic Union.
The Treaty on accession provides for full involvement of Armenia’s representatives into the activities of the EEU
governance. Upon entry of the Treaty into force the President of Armenia becomes a full-fledged Member of the Supreme
Eurasian Economic Council, and the Prime Minister becomes a Member of Intergovernmental Council; the full-fledged
representative joins the Eurasian Economic Commission. Armenia will be represented by three Board Members in the Board
of the Eurasian Economic Commission, as wells as other EEU Member-States.
April 10, 2013 the Chairman of the EEC Board Viktor Khristenko and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Tigran
Sarkisyan signed the Memorandum on cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Government of the
Republic of Armenia. The document laid the basis for cooperation between the Parties by providing consultations,
conducting conferences and seminars, preparing of analytical reviews on issues of mutual interest, conducting meetings
of the Eurasian Economic Commission management with the Armenian Party. At the same time, over a period of several
years, the Republic of Armenia has been engaged in an active dialogue with the European Union within the frameworks of
the “Eastern Partnership” program, aimed at conclusion of the European Union Association Agreement.
September 3, 2013 the Republic of Armenia issued a declaration of intent to join the Customs Union (CU) and Single
Economic Space (SES). October 24, 2013, during the panel session of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Minsk the
Presidents of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation considered the application
of the Republic of Armenia and instructed the Eurasian Economic Commission to initiate the procedure on accession.
The Working Group created based on Decision of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council “On accession of the Republic of
Armenia to the Customs Union and Single Economic Space of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the
Russian Federation” dated October 24, 2013 No. 49 with participation of the representatives of Belarus, Kazakhstan,
Russia, Armenia and the Eurasian Economic Commission, chaired by the Member of the Board – Minister in charge of the
Development of Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tatiana Valovaya developed the
relevant “road map”.
November 6, 2013, in Erevan the Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission Viktor Khristenko and the
Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Tigran Sarkisyan signed a Memorandum on strengthened cooperation between the
Eurasian Economic Commission and the Republic of Armenia, the project thereof was preliminary approved by Decision of
the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the highest level on October 24, 2013 No. 49. In accordance with the Memorandum
the Republic of Armenia shall have the right to participate in the sessions of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council,
the Council and the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission, as well as the right to appoint a representative of the
Republic of Armenia to the Eurasian Economic Commission. The Memorandum also provides for the possibility to establish
information exchange between the Parties. This Memorandum was prepared and adopted in furtherance of the Memorandum on
cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Government of the Republic of Armenia dated April 10, 2013.
December 24, 2013 in Minsk the Presidents of the Member-States of the Customs Union and Single Economic Space approved
the “road map” for accession of the Republic of Armenia to the Eurasian integration association. The Heads of the
Member-States of the Customs Union and Armenia accepted the Application “On participation of the Republic of Armenia in
the Eurasian integration process”, that welcomed the intention of the Republic of Armenia to join the Customs Union and
Single Economic Space.
All the measures that had to be taken prior to the accession have been taken. In the course of cooperation Armenia
demonstrated a laudable interest and activity. In accordance with the “road map”, the Republic of Armenia had to take
126 measures out of 267 “prior to accession”. All of them have been taken. Certain provisions relating to the
implementation of these items are included in the Treaty on Accession. Within the frameworks of the accession procedure
the experts of the Eurasian Economic Commission made more than 40 visits to the Republic of Armenia.
In general, the implementation of the "road map" for the Republic of Armenia is the harmonization of national
legislation with the contractual and legal framework of the Eurasian Economic
Note to editors
The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) – a supranational governing body of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia (CU) and the Single Economic
Space (SES) of the Eurasian Economic Community. The main task of the EEC is to ensure conditions for the CU and SES
operation and development as well as to elaborate economic integration initiatives within the framework of the CU and
SES. The EEC is based on the Agreement on «the Eurasian Economic Commission» and «Eurasian Economic Commission
Regulation» of 18 November 2011. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of the five regional
commissions of the United Nations. It brings together 56 countries in Europe, North-America, and Commonwealth of
Independent States (CIS) and North America. Its main aim is to promote pan-European economic integration and cooperation
in environment, forests, housing and land management, statistics, energy, trade and transport.