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On February 27–28, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council together with the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, held a plenary “Alternative Futures of EU-Russia Relations – Methodology and Perspectives”. The scenario discussions focused on three areas: the EU, Russia, and the European security in 2030; the EU, Russia, and their neighborhood in 2030; EU-Russia economic relations in 2030.

On February 27–28, 2020, Russian International Affairs Council together with the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, held a plenary “Alternative Futures of EU-Russia Relations – Methodology and Perspectives”. The scenario discussions focused on three areas: the EU, Russia, and the European security in 2030; the EU, Russia, and their neighborhood in 2030; EU-Russia economic relations in 2030.

The meeting was attended by experts from Russia and the EU, permanent members of the group, as well as invited experts on relevant topics. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General; Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to Russia; Andrey Melville, Dean of Social Sciences Department at Higher School of Economics, RIAC Member; Florence Gaub, Deputy Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies; and Sabine Fischer, Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), spoke at the opening of the plenary session. RIAC was also represented by Ivan Timofeev, RIAC Director of Programs, and Natalya Vyakhireva, RIAC Program Manager.

The seminar was part of the initiative on creating an EU-Russia expert network aimed at strengthening long-term cooperation between Russia and the EU.

In 2017–2019 several round tables on various aspects of relations between Russia and the EU were held as part of the project. The project is designed until the fall of 2020.

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