The European Union and Russia have strong trade relations. Though Russia’s trade with the world has sharply contracted in the recent years, the EU remains Russia’s biggest trading partner while Russia is still the EU’s fourth largest trading partner. Yet, their trade relationship is affected by multiple technical and economic barriers that have become more serious over the past years.
The current narrative on EU-Russia trade ties puts a greater focus on the economic restrictions introduced by the EU in 2014 in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine and reiterated by Russia's countermeasures, setting aside discussions on more fundamental trends in economic relations between the parties, and their relations with other countries in the region. How are mutual economic relations, trade and investment dynamics seen from a Russian perspective? What role do the energy relations play? What is Russia’s main interest in economic relations with the EU? How and to what extent do EU and Russian sanctions affect both economies?
The objective of the meeting is to take a closer look at domestic and external economic policies and their impact on international economic relations; the approach to economic relations with neighbouring countries and the potential for connectivity initiatives.
The EU-Russia Experts Network (EUREN) was initiated by the EU Delegation to Russia in 2016. It brings together former and present policy-makers from the EU and Russia, as well as scholars and analysts from prominent think-tanks to discuss topical foreign affairs. Network's meetings are organized under the "EU-Russia Public Diplomacy" project with the aim of facilitating a long-term engagement between the EU and Russia.
Chronicles of EUREN meetings are available below: