The 14th session of the intergovernmental working group to form a new international economic organisation, the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) has opened in Moscow Thursday. The working group comprising representatives of EurAsEC member-countries, i.e. Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Russia and Tajikistan, will consider, in particular, EurAsEc draft budget for 2002 and a list of treaties and decisions made by managing and integration bodies since the Customs Union establishment and still effective within the EurAsEc framework, as well as draft measures to implement proposals of members of the Community's interstate council on economic cooperation problems. Moreover, a draft of regulations on the status of an observer at the EurAsEc established in the fall of 2000 on the basis of five Customs Union member-states will also be considered.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign