On December 20, the new composition of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission was approved at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council. Belarus will take over the chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Board from Armenia. Mikhail Myasnikovich, a former speaker of the upper house of the Belarusian parliament and ex-Prime Minister of Belarus, was approved as Chairman. He and the whole new EEC Board will take office on February 1, 2020. EEC Board reshuffle
A new member of the Board will be Artak Kamalyan
from Armenia, who will replace Belarus' representative Alexander Subbotin as the Minister for Industry and the Agro-Industrial Complex.
Another representative of Armenia, Gegam Vardanyan
, will become the Minister for Internal Markets, Informatisation and ICT, succeeding Karine Minasyan, who is also Armenian.
Before EEC Board took the office on February 1 Veronika Nikishina (Russia) left the post of Minister for Trade. She was replaced with Andrey Slepnev
, former head of Russian Export Center.
The following EEC Board members retain their positions:
- Minister for Technical Regulation Viktor Nazarenko (Belarus);
- Minister for Economy and Financial Policy Timur Zhaksylykov (Kazakhstan);
- Minister for Competition and Antimonopoly Regulation Serik Zhumangarin (Kazakhstan);
- Minister for Customs Cooperation Nurlan Akmatov (Kyrgyzstan);
- Minister for Energy and Infrastructure Emil Kaykiyev (Kyrgyzstan);
- Minister for Integration and Macroeconomics Sergey Glazyev (Russia).
Therefore, the current allocation of seats on the EEC Board, i.e. each member state has two seats (the chairman position included), remains in place.
The replacement of the EEC Board Chairman is happening simultaneously with the transition of the EAEU chairmanship for 2020 from Armenia to Belarus. The chairing country largely determines the substantive agenda of the EAEU activities for the coming year.
The EEC Board leadership reshuffle is a part of planned rotation (every four years). Recent appointments to the EEC indicate the ambiguous status of the Commission Ministers and the Commission itself.
On the one hand, the importance of these positions, especially that of the Chairman, remains high: only political heavyweights (at least vice prime ministers or heads of parliaments) have been appointed to this position, the other EEC members have also been notable political figures in the countries they represent.