The seminar will be opened by Markus Ederer, the European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation. He will also take part in the opening plenary dedicated to the concept of multilateralism seen from the EU and Russian viewpoints.
The EU and Russia both identify multilateralism as a key pillar of a stable and peaceful global order. According to its Global Strategy (2016), the EU aims to “promote a rules-based global order with multilateralism as its key principle and the United Nations at its core”. Russia’s Foreign Policy Concept (2016) stipulates that the Russian state shall “promote, within bilateral and multilateral frameworks, mutually beneficial and equal partnerships with foreign countries”.
In its 2018 Interim Report on Selective EU-Russia Cooperation, EUREN called on the EU and Russia to safeguard multilateral cooperation wherever possible. The meeting will look into policy areas where multilateral action is paramount and ask what the EU and Russia should do to support it.
Initiated and supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation, EUREN is a platform for dialogue between foreign policy experts and think tanks from EU member states and Russia. They exchange views on relevant issues and formulate policy recommendations to be presented to decision-makers of both the EU and Russia.
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