On October 1, 2018, the International School of Eurasian Integration for young researchers opened in Moscow at the headquarters of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The school is organized by the EEC in cooperation with the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund.
This year’s theme of the school is “Eurasian Economic Union: future contours of the economy”. Trainings will be held from 1 to 5 October. According to Tigran Sargsyan, representatives of the expert community, government agencies and businesses in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, “will receive first-hand the most detailed information about the Union.” Based on the acquired knowledge, the school participants will develop and submit to the Commission and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) their vision of the further development of Eurasian integration. The best submissions can be used in the practical work of the EEC.
Experts and graduate students of the Higher School of Economics also take part in the work of the School. Head of the Eurasian Sector, CCEIS, HSE Yuri Kofner, will moderate the open discussion on “Prospects for the International Development of the EAEU and the Greater Eurasian Partnership Formation”, which will be held on October 5 before the official closing the School. Oleg Nevzorov (Samara) and Armen Hayrapetyan (Saratov), researchers of the analytical portal “Eurasian Studies”, take part in the project as “mentors”.
“The topic of Eurasian integration is becoming more and more promising for the younger generation. We hope that the outcome of this week will be that you will catch the idea of integration, ”said Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
The Chairman of the Board of the Commission outlined the key topics that will be raised during the course of the classes. The participants will get a complete picture of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): from the history of creation to the current state and development prospects, as well as the opportunities that the EAEU opens for business, the results of integration, which have become an integral part of the lives of citizens of the Union. The problems faced by the Union, as well as the existing risks and threats will be covered as well. Special attention will be paid to the international activities of the EAEU, in particular, the role and place of Eurasian integration in the changing world architecture.
The school is held for the fourth time. The site depends on which country is the chairman of the EAEU. “This year is the Russian Federation, which is very symbolic,” said the Chairman of the EEC Board, “because in the framework of the Russian presidency, emphasis was placed on the development of the social and humanitarian sphere.”
Tigran Sargsyan stressed that the Union needs active, highly professional personnel who will become engines of integration processes. “We have agreed for ourselves an important goal – the formation of the Eurasian elite. That is why we decided to create this school for you”, the Chairman of the EEC Board summed up.
Member of the Board (Minister) for Integration and Macroeconomics of the Eurasian Economic Commission Tatyana Valovaya noted that this school will eventually become traditional. “Next year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Eurasian integration project. We see that there is a great need, first of all among young people, to talk in detail about what Eurasian economic integration is today. And feedback is very important to us – we are developing the EAEU for the next generations, so it is important for us to see their expectations, receive advice and recommendations. Youth should not be observers, but active participants in this integration project, ”she said.
“Strengthening Eurasian integration is the path to solving the most important tasks of contemporary international development. The development of a “road map” cannot do without experts in the field of politics, trade and finance”, said Gleb Ivashentsov, RIAC vice president.
According to the deputy executive director of the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Support Fund Roman Grishenin the school’s organizers have an interesting and creative task “to show the success story of Eurasian integration”. The Gorchakov Fund decided to support the International School of Eurasian Integration on an annual basis.
The EEC regularly conducts training programs to popularize the work of the Commission among the expert, research and media community. The current school is already the fourth. The project is aimed at expanding the understanding of the Eurasian economic integration processes in the expert environment, increasing the effectiveness of the interaction of the EEC with the expert and media community.