Report: EU – EAEU in Greater Eurasia: Long-Term Agenda for Economic Cooperation

_ IIASA. Laxenburg, 2016.

Vinokurov E, Balás P, Emerson M, Havlik P, Pereboyev V, Rovenskaya E, Stepanova A, Kofner J, et al. (2016). EU–EAEU in Greater Eurasia: Long-Term Agenda for Economic Cooperation-Workshop Report.7th Workshop Report. In: Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space, 22-23 November, 2016, IIASA, Laxenburg.

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From June 2013 to November 2016, IIASA organized a series of seven workshops within Phase I of its international research project “Challenges and Opportunities of Economic integration within a wider European and Eurasian Space” with the aim to discuss, analyze, and critically evaluate the diverse issues of regional cooperation and integration within the Eurasian continent. Phase I of this project has been motivated by the ambition to transit toward (re)establishing a win-win deep economic cooperation between the European Union, the Eurasian Economic Union, and their neighbors.

Through six thematic workshops which took place in the framework of the project, the participants – more than 200 recognized scientists, experts, stakeholders and policy-makers from numerous countries and organizations, including representatives of the European Commission and the Eurasian Economic Commission, – addressed such key themes as methodologies for modeling of trade-related issues, trade policies and their possible impacts, non-tariff barriers to trade and technical regulations, energy (oil and gas, electric power), transport infrastructure, as well as labor markets and migration.

On November 22-23, 2016 IIASA hosted the concluding workshop of the pilot phase of the project, at which participants synthesized their findings and looked ahead to a deepened and expanded future research project on economic cooperation in Greater Eurasia. This workshop drew substantive, as well as methodological conclusions and considered the possible extensions for an anticipated Phase II of the research project. It aimed at preparing scientifically well-grounded analyses, options and policy recommendations for potential cooperation to be ready by the time when the political situation will settle down and the conditions to turn these hypothetical scenarios into real ones will be in place.

Over 50 leading economists, experts and policymakers took part in the concluding workshop, among them: Tatiana Valovaya, Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEC), member of the board (Minister) for integration and macroeconomics; Thomas Kuchtik, European Commission (EC), policy coordinator for Russia, CIS, Ukraine and the The European Free Trade Association (EFTA); Péter P.Balás, former deputy director general, DG TRADE, European Commission (EC), senior research scholar of IIASA; Evgeny Vinokurov, Centre for Integration Studies, Eurasian Development Bank (EADB), director; Oleg Karachun, Eurasian Economic Commission (EAEC) Methodology and Analysis Division, head of Macroeconomic Department; and others.

As a special part within the workshop a lecture on the topic “Eurasian Economic Union: Current Developments and Prospects” was delivered by HE Tatyana Valovaya to the participants of the event and students studying in Vienna. .

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