WHO/Europe and the Eurasian Economic Community sign agreement
The memorandum of understanding establishes cooperation in several areas, including the development of health care systems in EurAsEC Member States; technical issues relating to health care and capacity building; epidemic and/or endemic diseases; maternal, newborn and child health; international food standards; cooperation between professional and scientific organizations involved in health promotion; and activities to facilitate civil society involvement in health care policy and programmes.
Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, was also present at the signing, which took place in Moscow, Russian Federation.
EurAsEC is an international organization working towards multilateral economic cooperation among its Member States. Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan were founding members when an agreement signed in 2000 came into force in 2001. Armenia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have observer status.
In addition to economic objectives, one of EurAsEC’s main aims is: “coordinating social policy with the aim of forming a community of social states that allows for a common labour market, common educational space, coordinated approaches in resolving questions of health care and labour migration, etc.”.