Report: Connecting Eurasia Dialogue

_ Yuri Kofner, research assistant, IIASA. Laxernburg, 10 May 2019.

Kofner J. (2019) Connecting Eurasia Dialogue. IIASA. Laxenburg. – 10 p.


As part of an IIASA project on Eurasian economic integration, IIASA researcher Yuri Kofner was invited to write a discussion paper as a contribution to a high-level dialogue involving global leaders from academia, governments, and business.

The event Connecting Eurasia: From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean brought together international stakeholders to discuss trade and development of the European and Asian markets. The meeting focused on a variety of pressing issues, such as challenges and opportunities of Europe’s engagement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the harmonization of soft infrastructure to enhance trans-Eurasian connectivity, and the EAEU’s single pharmaceutical market.

In the context of the IIASA initiative Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space, IIASA researcher Jurij Kofner was invited to write a discussion paper to provide a summary of these deliberations, and to analyze the potential and conditions for the creation of a common economic space between the European Union (EU) and the EAEU.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Tatyana Valovaya, Minister of Integration and Macroeconomics, Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission (1999–2004); Prime Minister of Italy (1996–1998, 2006–2008)
  • Aleksander Pankin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
  • Sodiq Safoyev, First Deputy Chairperson, Senate of Uzbekistan
  • Arnaldo Abruzzini, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES)
  • Koen Berden, Executive Director for International Affairs, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)
  • Antonio Fallico, Chairman, Board of Directors, Banca Intesa; President, Conoscere Eurasia Association.

The event was organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the Conoscere Eurasia Association, with the support of the Association of European Businesses and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.

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