Supported by the Russian Government and jointly with the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and the Institute of the World Economy and International Affairs of the Russian Academy of Sciences, on 21 March this year the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is conducting an international conference: “Russia and the European Union: partnership and its potential”.
Distinguished Russian and European policy-makers, academics, businessmen, public figures and experts will be discussing steps to be taken to implement the long-term project of Greater Europe – a seamless combination of economic, scientific and technological as well as social potentials of the EU and the Russian Federation, and the entire Eurasian integration process in the longer run.
It will be ten years this spring since Russia and the EU agreed, within the framework of their Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, to create four “common spaces”. With all the positive developments in the relationship between Russia and the EU in the recent years, the level of cooperation falls short of the potential of both parties.
Despite the current difficulties in the relations with the European Union, it is Europe that remains a key priority for Russia in its economy, science and technologies.
The conference will be discussing issues of collaboration between Russia and the European Union, including such areas as:
A series of publications is planned based on the outcomes of the conference.