The Parliament Palace in Bucharest is hosting, over May 25- 27, the fifth edition of the Europe-Russia Economic Forum at experts level, under the high patronage of Romania’s President Traian Basescu.
The Forum is organized by the Institute for Eastern Studies of the Republic of Poland in cooperation with the National Security Department of the Presidential Administration and represents a special component of the Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.
Expected to address the meeting are Romania’s President Traian Basescu and the former Polish Presidents Lech Walesa and Aleksander Kwasniewski, as well as numerous other personalities from the country and from abroad.
Gathering more than 250 state officials, political leaders, business executives, academic officials and civil society personalities from 32 European, North-American and Asian countries, the Forum is designed to offer an adequate framework for the examination of the prospects for political and economic cooperation between the European Union and Russia.
The conference will start with the launch of a report on the latest developments in Russia. Debates will be held by sections that will tackle the prospects for the EU-Russia partnership; common challenges Russia and the EU are facing in the current global context; foreign direct investments in Russia and the EU; the European security architecture and Russia’s role in boosting cooperation; potential development trends on the Russian and EU financial markets.
Other topics expected to be debated include the common interests of Russia, the EU and the USA in the post-Soviet space; the relation between democracy and the mass media; EU’s energy security and Russia’s part in the field; providing energy security as a common interest of the EU and Russia; the prospects for the Partnership for Peace in the Caucasus region; the Black Sea region in the European political sphere.
The fourth edition of Europe-Russia Economic Forum took place over May 14-16, 2008 in Rome, being organized by the Institute for Eastern Studies in cooperation with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies.