The visit to Tomsk oblast was organised upon the personal invitation of the Governor of Tomsk oblast Sergey Zhvachkin. The aim of the visit was to learn the potential of the region for the development of existing ties and establishing new ones in various areas such as economy, education, research and innovation. The opening ceremony of the second edition of the EU Film Festival was also timed to the visit of the European ambassadors and diplomats.
During the visit the EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer and the heads of missions and diplomats of the EU member-states held a working meeting with the Governor of Tomsk Oblast Sergei Zhvachkin. They discussed promising areas of cooperation between Tomsk Oblast and the EU member-countries as well as cooperation between the EU and the region in science and education. Governor Zhvachkin also told heads of missions about the so-called "economy of nature" which is being developed in the region.
At the meeting the EU Ambassador Ederer emphasised fruitful cooperation with the Tomsk region and pointed out a great potential for joint activities in the sphere of culture and cooperation with universities, including student exchanges. He also expressed his hope that next year the EU Film Festival would take place in Tomsk for the third time.
The ambassadors and diplomats of the EU member-states could not but pay a visit to Tomsk State University (TSU). The EU Delegation to Russia had been developing cooperation with the university since 2003, when the first Center of European Documentation was opened there (today it is Jean Monnet Center for Excellence). Cooperation mainly is in the spheres of European studies and education. The university actively participates in Erasmus+ programme for students and teachers. The European diplomats also visited Jean Monnet Center for Excellence and met with students and teachers of Tomsk State University. The meeting was chaired by Rector Eduard Galazhinskiy.
Before visiting TSU, Sergei Zhvachkin and Markus Ederer together with the heads of mission and diplomats of the EU member-states laid flowers at the memorial of military and labour glory of Tomsk citizens.
The diplomats also visited the Tomsk memorial museum "Investigation Prison of the NKVD".
On the evening of 7 October the EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer and the Governor of Tomsk oblast Sergey Zhvachkin opened the second edition of the EU Film Festival, which will run now until 19 October. The festival program features 15 European films, including winners and participants in prestigious international film festivals in Berlin, Venice, Cannes and San Sebastian, as well as Oscar nominees. The film screenings will take place every day in the cinema "Fakel".
The program of the heads of missions and diplomats of the EU member-states also included visits to the robotic dairy farm of the Siberian Milk enterprise and the Okolitsa rural park. The diplomats also visited the special economic zone of the technology-innovative type "Tomsk", where the show-room of Tomsk innovative companies and some other enterprises of the region took place. At the end of the two-day visit the European diplomats took part in a round table on the role of universities in the national economy, moderated by Rector Eduard Galazhinsky, and also visited the children's technopark "Kvantorium", "Gazprom transgaz Tomsk" and the Tomsk Beer brewery.
The EU Delegation to Russia is grateful to the Administration of Tomsk oblast for the support and organisation of the visit of the heads of missions and diplomats of the EU member-states to Tomsk.