On 6 April 2018 the Eurasian sector, CCEIS, HSE held its first jour fixe – a weekly meeting of young researchers to discuss various aspects of Eurasian economic integration and organizational issues of the Eurasian sector. The meeting was attended by young researchers from Russia (HSE, RANEPA, MGIMO, Diplomatic Academy), as well as from South Korea, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Germany.
At the beginning of the meeting Yuri Kofner, head Eurasian sector, CCEIS, Higher School of Economics, gave a lecture on “Technical regulation in the EAEU and potential formats of international cooperation in the field of technical regulation.” The young specialist explained the differences between the two main formats of international cooperation of the EAEU with third countries and regional blocks: a non-preferential agreement on trade and economic cooperation (e.g. EAEU – China) and an agreement on an (asymmetric) FTA (e.g. EAEU – Vietnam or EU – Ukraine). Yuri Kofner then listed the various potential tools for international cooperation in the field of technical regulation: from a simple reference to WTO rules to the Agreement on Mutual (cross) Recognition of accreditation procedures (MRA) and the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Adoption of industrial Products (ACAA).
The Q&A at the end of the lecture smoothly turned into a discussion on the most probable (on the one hand), and the most acceptable for the EAEU (on the other hand) international economic and political architecture of the near future. The participants agreed that according to the most likely scenario, the world will be dominated by at least two superregional blocs – an Amero-centric Transatlantic-Transpacific union (USA, EU and the US allies in East Asia and Oceania) and a Sino-centric Greater Eurasian Partnership (China, EAEU and, possibly, India, Iran, Turkey). However, it was the conclusion, that it would be in the interests of the Eurasian Union to form a Greater Eurasian Partnership, but on the basis of equality, as well as with the participation of the European Union, South Korea, and Japan.
In the second half of the meeting, the participants discussed organizational issues of various projects of the Eurasian sector.