EEU Court holds swearing-in ceremony

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MINSK. KAZINFORM - Judges of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) were sworn in on 10 February, BelTA has learned.

Chairman of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, First Deputy Premier of Belarus Vasily Matyushevsky congratulated the judges on being sworn in. "On 1 January 2015 we made a huge leap forward by establishing the Eurasian Economic Union. As any serious integration project, it is not perfect yet, therefore, the court will play a crucial role here," the First Deputy Premier noted.

Taking part in the ceremony were ambassadors of Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Russia in Belarus, as well as Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Valentin Rybakov. It was reported earlier that Alexander Fedortsov was appointed chairman of the court. Apart from that, the court included Zholymbet Baishev (Kazakhstan, deputy chairman of the court), Denis Kolos (Belarus), Tatyana Neshatayeva (Russia), Venera Seitimova (Kazakhstan), Konstantin Chaika (Russia), Erna Airiyan (Armenia), and Armen Tumanyan (Armenia).

Alexander Fedortsov told reporters that the court had not received any lawsuits yet, because certain pre-trial procedures should be completed before filing a claim and such procedures take about three months. He added that the EEU Court is not a legal successor of the EurAsEC Court. Speaking about the EurAsEC Court, Alexander Fedortsov noted that this judicial body received a lot of claims, in particular in 2014.

Belarus' interests in the EEU Court will be represented by the Justice Ministry. The EEU Court aims to ensure the uniform application of the Eurasian Economic Union Treaty by the EEU member states and bodies, the implementation of international agreements and resolutions of the union, BelTA reports.

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