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On July 4–5, 2019, in the Hague, Russian International Affairs Council in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and Clingendael Netherlands Institute for International Relations held a seminar on “How Can the EU And Russia Improve European Security”.

On July 4–5, 2019, in the Hague, Russian International Affairs Council in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and Clingendael Netherlands Institute for International Relations held a seminar on “How Can the EU And Russia Improve European Security”.

The discussion focused on the following issues: institutional aspects of security; subregional security as seen from the situation in the Black Sea, Baltic Sea, Arctic regions; social dimension of security.

The seminar gathered experts from Russia and the EU, permanent members of the group, as well as invited experts on relevant topics. The opening remarks were made by Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs, and Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Plenary session speakers included: Alexander Gusarov, Head of the EU DEC at the MFA of Russia; Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia in the European External Action Service.

RIAC was also represented by Natalya Vyakhireva, RIAC Program Manager, who moderated the session “Security Issues at the Regional Level”.

The seminar was held as part of an initiative to build the EU Russia Expert Network (EUREN), aimed at strengthening long-term cooperation between Russia and the EU.

In 2017–2019 several roundtables were held on various aspects of Russia-EU relations within the project framework. The project is scheduled until autumn 2020. The next network meeting is scheduled for October 2019 in Moscow.

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