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The seminar will be opened by Markus Ederer, the European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Ivan Timofeev from the Russian International Affairs Council and Tom de Bruijn from the Clingendael Institute.
The meeting will focus on three specific levels of European security: the institutional, the regional, and the societal. Discussions should analyse both the perceptions and approaches of the EU and Russia to European security, establish the differences and explore any overlaps that could form the basis of more constructive engagement in the future.
On the opening day of the seminar Markus Ederer, the European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation, will also participate in the open discussion on the EU and Russia in the international rules-based order together with Marieke de Hoon from the Amsterdam University, Tatiana Romanova from the St. Petersburg State University and Mark Entin from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). They will discuss whether Russia´s vision of the ‘concert of powers’ contradicts the EU´s position on multilateralism and rules-based international order and if Russia´s adherence to and support for the multilateral rules-based order would create the conditions for the establishment of closer relations with the EU.
EUREN was initiated and is being supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation as a new platform for interaction between EU and Russian foreign policy experts and think tanks. EUREN brings together foreign policy experts and think tanks from Russia and EU member states to discuss relevant foreign policy issues with the aim of exchanging views and formulating policy recommendations.