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Kyrgyzstan sees positive results one year after its entry into EEU: gov't official
Last Updated: 2016-08-13 01:09 | Xinhua
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One year after its accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Kyrgyzstan saw positive results including improving situations for its citizens working abroad, a government official said here Friday.

"One year passed since Kyrgyzstan joined the Eurasian Economic Union, and we see that our government's efforts are justified," Almazbek Asanbayev deputy chairman of the State Service for Migration, told the press conference that marked the first anniversary of its EEU membership.

The transition period, which we thought will be about a year and a half, had already ended, Asanbayev said.

"And if initially there were doubts and negative views on the country's accession to the EEU, now they have disappeared."

He also stressed that the Kyrgyz citizens working in EEU countries, including Russia and Kazakhstan, are in a better situation than other immigrants from Central Asia.

"We are in exclusive terms. Our Kyrgyz diplomas are valid in all EEU countries and citizens can apply for vacancies on a par with the Russians. Bureaucratic obstacles are removed, and our people are able to work legally, without passing exams, a work permit or a patent," he said.

Before joining the EEU, Kyrgyz migrants had to receive a patent, to pass exam on Russian language and to pass medical examination.

"And all this procedure took a month and about 50 thousand Russian rubles to pay. Now everything has changed for the better, one can get a job with Kyrgyz diploma," he added.

Asanbayev said that his office received information and data that show the improving situation of Kyrgyz citizens working abroad.

The Eurasian Economic Union groups 5 countries, namely Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia.

The bloc has an integrated single market of 183 million people, with provisions for a single currency. It introduces the free movement of goods, capital, services and people, and implements common transport, agriculture and energy policies for greater integration in the future. Enditem

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