Nigmatulin spoke at Forum of the Speakers of Parliaments of European and Asian countries
Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin delivered his speech at the Third Meeting of the Speakers of Parliaments of the Eurasian Countries.
Parliamentarians from more than 40 countries have gathered in Turkey this year to discuss topical issues of economic cooperation, the environment and sustainable development in Eurasia, the Majilis's press service reports.
Welcoming the participants of the Forum, Nurlan Nigmatulin stressed that such high representation of parliaments, international organizations and leading experts is a clear evidence of the active participation of countries in the large-scale process of strengthening and developing Eurasian cooperation.
"Kazakhstan, being the initiator and active participant of many integration processes, firmly follows the course of entering the system of regional and global trade and economic relations. Back in 1994, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev first put forward the idea of uniting the countries of Europe and Asia at the Moscow State University. This is today the starting point of Eurasian integration," said Nigmatulin.
In connection with the upcoming anniversary date - the 25th anniversary of the idea of Eurasian integration - Kazakhstan initiated the fourth meeting of the Speakers of Parliaments of the Eurasian countries in Astana.
According to Nurlan Nigmatulin, the issues been raised at the current meeting of the Speakers are also related to the idea of creating Greater Eurasia, proposed by the head of our state at a meeting of the UN General Assembly.
"The unprecedented project of Greater Eurasia provides for the harmonization of the work of these associations, including the liberalization of trade relations between the participants, joint development of transport corridors, the diversification of energy routes, expansion of investment cooperation and other issues of economic cooperation," said Nigmatulin.
The speaker of the Majilis focused on the work of the Eurasian Economic Union. In particular, it is noted that since January of this year the updated EEU Customs Code came into force, and it is planned to form a common electricity market by the next year and to create a common market for oil and oil products by 2025.
“Within the framework of the idea of Greater Eurasia, the cooperation of the Eurasian Economic Union with the European Union seems to be promising. Geographically, we are neighbours. We have all communications, roads, networks, our standards are similar. Our markets are economically necessary for each other. Considering that Kazakhstan is close to the markets of China and Central Asia, and European markets are open to us through Russia, all this in the future will allow Kazakhstan to become a bridge between the West and the East," said Nurlan Nigmatulin.
According to the Chairman of the Majilis, in connection with this, the proposals of the President of Kazakhstan, which were announced at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Sochi, are of particular relevance. This is the extensive use of the 'Astana' International Financial Center, the implementation of such infrastructure mega-projects as a high-speed railway linking Europe and Asia through Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as the Eurasia shipping channel that will connect the Caspian Sea with the Black Sea. In addition, it is the elimination of all restrictions that impede mutual trade.
Nurlan Nigmatulin paid special attention to environmental issues been brought up for discussion by parliamentarians this year.
Speaking about work in this direction in our country, the Chairman of the Majilis noted that at present there are already significant results on the adaptation of national environmental legislation to the conditions and requirements of the WTO and the EU, as well as compliance with international obligations. Fundamental international conventions have been signed, and the Environmental Code is the basis for the legal regulation of environmental protection.
"Our country is constantly working on the implementation of integrated information technology platforms, increasing the requirements for energy efficiency and energy saving of enterprises, as well as environmental friendliness and efficiency of energy producers, as the President of Kazakhstan sets the task to change approaches to natural resource management," said Nurlan Nigmatulin.
According to the Speaker of the Majilis, in order to update the legislation, the Parliament at the beginning of next year plans to review the new version of the Environmental Code, which will review the system of regulation of public relations in the field of environmental protection, introduce new tools and mechanisms of regulation and control corresponding to the best global approaches.
Kazakhstan will also develop a system of regional standards that will clearly regulate work to improve the environmental situation, including harmful emissions, the state of the soil, land, air, waste management, and the development of environmental monitoring systems with free online access to them.
"In my opinion, in this direct,ion we could combine our efforts, exchange legislative experience. Maintaining sustainable, direct and multilateral dialogue between the parliaments of Eurasian countries is an effective factor for the stability and sustainable development of all states of the Continent," said Nurlan Nigmatulin
The results of the Third Meeting of the Speakers of Parliaments of Eurasia are refelcted in the final declaration, including the decision to hold the Fourth Meeting in Astana.