On May 11, 2018 as part of the International School “Greater Eurasia” in the hotel complex “Regina in Petrovsky” a working day was devoted to writing working papers: one on a potential EAEU – South Korea agreement and the other the historical foundations and economic benefits of the Eurasian Economic Union. The school was organized from May 7 to May 13, 2018 by the analytical media “Eurasian Studies” with the support of the Kazan Federal University. It was attended by 20 young researchers of economic and international directions from different countries of the wider continent.
The day’s agenda was opened by Yuri Kofner, head of the CCEIS Eurasian sector of the Higher School of Economics, who gave a lecture on the “Basics of the Eurasian Economic Union and prospects for its development by 2030”. In the first part of the lecture Kofner spoke about the modern history, goals, principles, structure and main economic indicators of the Eurasian Economic Union up to the present date. In the second part, the expert analyzed perspective directions of integration (concepts, roadmaps, projects) in such areas as: digital economy, cross-border cooperation, elimination of non-tariff barriers, transport and logistics, attracting FDI, as well as various tools for improving inter- and supranational management of the integration process. Particular attention was paid to the agenda of the Russian Federation chairmanship in the bodies of the EAEU in 2018.
Ramil Khayrullin, associate professor at the Department of Economic Law of the Kazan Federal University gave a lecture on the international legal foundations of the “Greater Eurasian Partnership”. As part of the lecture, the lawyer explained the difference between the different formats of international cooperation that Eurasian Economic Cmmssion (EEC) can implement to legalize bilateral and multilateral relations between the EAEU and third parties (countries and associations). They are: 1. Memorandum on cooperation and mutual understanding; 2. Observer state status; 3. Full membership in the Union; and 4. Trade agreements of two types: on a free trade area (FTA) and on trade and economic cooperation. Due to the limited mandate of the EEC, the specialist advised to supplement the multilateral agreements along the lines “EAEU – third party” with bilateral agreements in those areas that are still in the national competence of the member states of the Union.
In order to familiarize the young researchers with different regions of Greater Eurasia, Min Koel Kim, graduate student of the Department of Political Theory of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Gayon Lee, an intern of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a presentation on the topic “The Republic of Korea: Internal Development and International Cooperation in Greater Eurasia ».
Between the lectures, during the day, the young researchers were divided into two groups and collectively worked on their reports, which they were to present on the next day at the international conference “Challenges and Prospects for the Creation of Greater Eurasia.” The first group, under the guidance of historians-orientalists Farkhad Gumarov and the Oleg Lushnikov, worked on a Russian-language working paper on “The Eurasian Economic Union: Cultural and Historical Foundations and Economic Benefits for Member States”. The second group, led by Min Koel Kim and the laboratory assistant of the CCEIS Eurasian sector of the Higher School of Economics Nadezhda Tynnikova, worked on working paper “Challenges and Opportunities of Deepened EAEU – South Korea Trade and Economic Cooperation”.
The intellectual discussions and productive work throughout the day were aided by expert support, the analytical materials provided by the EEC, EDB, RIAC, IIASA and by good food and clean air. The hotel complex “Regina in Petrovsky” is located in the middle of a spacious pine and birch forest to the south of Kazan. During the short pauses between working sessions, the participants were able to enjoy a view of the forest lake or stroll through the forest territory.