EEC Minister to Young EAEU Scientists: “The most important basis for integration is mutual understanding”

“More than 60 countries of the world have already shown interest in establishing or strengthening cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union”,  – Veronika Nikishina, Member of the Board (Minister) for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), told young scientists on 14 December at the official closing of the EAEU research exchange at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).

15 young researchers from leading universities and research institutes of all five member states of the Eurasian Union took part in this exchange.

The closing ceremony was started by Sergey Karaganov, dean of the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics, Higher School of Economics. “The Eurasian Economic Union is pursuing an open trade policy aimed at finding a balance between providing consumer demand with high-quality imported goods and increasing its own exports.” Addressing the young scientists he expressed the opinion that integration is the most promising area of ​​international cooperation of the countries of Eurasia. “And the success of Eurasian integration depends on you young specialists,” the dean summed up.

Tatyana Meshkova, Deputy First Vice-Rector, Director of the OECD-HSE Partnership Center, thanked the participants for their fruitful work in the framework of the EAEU research exchange.

The final event of the educational part of the exchange was a lecture by Veronika Nikishina, Member of the Board (Minister) for Trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission on the development prospects of the global multilateral trade system and regional trade agreements in Greater Eurasia.

She noted the importance of the participation of all Union member states in the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to prevent discrimination. “However, only participation in the WTO is not enough. To promote our exports, it is necessary to develop preferential agreements with third countries”.

The Commission carefully examines all possible benefits and consequences of potential free trade zones, while pursuing the national interests of the member states. Veronika Olegovna stressed the need to abandon conservative views on trade policy. “Yes, during negotiations it is necessary to make concessions, liberalize tariff rates and allow imports. But if we lower our import duties, let’s say, from 5% to 0%, then in return our partner reduces them from 25% to 0%. This difference ultimately allows us to increase our exports, primarily in the non-commodity segment”, – explained the EEC Member of the Board.

After the lecture, the Minister personally presented the participants of the exchange with certificates signed by the Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the Board EEC and by Dean Sergey Karaganov, as well as pin-on icons depicting the official flag of the EAEU.

Appealing to young researchers, Veronika Nikishina summed up: “The most important thing for the successful development of Eurasian integration is the formation of a common mentality in the sense of mutual understanding for each other. I am glad to see that the EAEU exchange has helped in this”.


The research exchange was organized by the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies (CCEIS) of Higher School of the Economics for Eurasian Economic Commission as part of the research project “Developing a Modern Paradigm for the Development of the EAEU in view of the Global Challenges”.

The exchange was made up of a rich educational, scientific and discussion program, which was held from 15 November to 14  December in Moscow. It was attended by 15 young researchers from leading universities and research institutes from all five member states of the Eurasian Union.

The experts of the exchange were leading professionals from specialized organizations: the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Higher School of Economics, the Valdai International Discussion Club, OJSC “Rosatom”, the Russian Export Center, and others. The most memorable events of the program included the participation of young researchers in: the conference “Involving the CIS Member States into Eurasian integration: opportunities and difficulties” at the Analytical Center under the Russian Government; the XIII International Conference “Eurasian Economic Integration”, organized by the Eurasian Development Bank; the IV EAEU HSE Forum.

The main event of the exchange was an excursion of participants at the main office of the Eurasian Economic Commission and a personal meeting with its Chairman Tigran Sargsyan.

The result of the exchange will be the analytical report “The future of the EAEU through eyes of the academia” on the promising areas of Eurasian integration until 2045, taking into account global trends and based on flagship projects that should bring real benefits to the population and business of the Union. The presentation of the report is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

* This press release may not reflect the official position of the EEC, HSE and those mentioned.

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