About the AEB

The Association of European Businesses represents and promotes the interests of European companies conducting business in and with the Russian Federation.

The AEB carries out activities to improve the Russian business and trade environment and to promote economic integration and partnership between the Russian Federation and the European Union.

The Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation offers its deepest and most sincere condolences on the tragic death of Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total, in the crash of his private plane in the Vnukovo Airport in Moscow in the night from October 20 to 21. This is a terrible loss for Total and for France. Mr. de Margerie was a talented and charismatic manager, very well-known in France for his great business vision and outspoken views on the geopolitical and economic issues faced by his country. He very much believed in Russia’s potential to remain a strong and strategic partner for Europe. Our thoughts go to his family and beloved ones as well to the relatives of the other victims of the accident.

News

On 19 December 2014, Customs, Transport & Logistics Subcommittee of the AEB North-Western Regional Committee’s organized a briefing “News of the customs legislation and practice” with Yuri Lyamkin, the first Deputy Head of the North-Western Customs Department on Customs Control, the Customs Service Major General.

During the briefing the following issues were discussed:

1. Categorization of participants of foreign trade: a practical approach FCS/SZTU.

2. AEO — enforcement practice in the region.

3.  Checking of the correctness of the declared customs value and the HS code — the practice of customs checks by the customs authorities of SZTU.

4. The use of information technology for customs declaration - current status and prospect

The representatives of the responsible SZTU structural units participated in the briefing and clarified corresponding issues.

Among the guests were the representatives of such companies as ANCOR, Ariston Thermo, Baker& McKenzie, BSH Group, Ford Sollers, Group SEB Vostok, Nissan, Philip Morris Sales and marketing, Port Hamburg Marketing, Roedl & Partner, RUSSIA CONSULTING, Stockamn ZAO, Translogix, Baltica-Trans, and other.

We would like to thank DLA Piper St. Petersburg for hosting the event.

L-R: Galina Kushner, SZTU; Mikhail Safronov, SZTU; Wilhelmina Shavshina, DLA Piper; Yuri Lyamkin, SZTU; Maxim Mamchur; Maria Yakovchik, SZTU.

News of the customs legislation and practice

On 17 December 2014, the AEB Airline Committee met with Dmitri Shamraev, Regional Director for Russia and the CIS, IATA, to discuss and share views on potential problems, possible impacts for the airline industry, associated with processing of personal data using databases located exclusively in Russia (the Federal Law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in terms of Verifying the Processing of Personal Data in Information and Telecommunications Networks”  No. 242-FZ dated 21 July 2014).

L-R: Marek Pedersen, General manager, SAS; Anna Minina, AirFrance-KLM; Carla Catuogno, Country Manager, Alitalia; Vladimir Proskurin, FDS manager, IATA, Sylvie Caudriller, General manager, AirFrance-KLM; Leonid Tarasov, General representative, DELTA; Dmitri Shamraev, Regional Director for Russia and the CIS, IATA.

Meeting with Dmitri Shamraev, Regional Director for Russia and the CIS, IATA
On December 17th, 2014, the AEB Taxation Committee held its traditional end-of-year Taxation Forum. The event was focused on the recent tax legislation developments and key new initiatives of the RF Government in taxation sphere. Sergey D. Shatalov, Deputy Minister of finance of the RF, participated in the Forum’s round table and addressed a number of important tax matters. Taxation Commitee experts shared their view and had an active dialogue with the audience. 

L-R: Rustem Akhmetshin, Pepeliaev Group, Andrey Ignatov, EY, Kirill Vikulov, Baker & McKenzie, Sergey Shatalov, Deputy Minister of Finance, FS, Alina Lavrentieva, PwC
Taxation Forum

On 11 December 2014, the AEB Intellectual Property Committee took part in the “Seminar to Present and Discuss the Gap Study of Provisions of the EU Legal Acts and the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, Ch. IV Related with Trade Marks and Designs”. The Seminar was organized by Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT). The Committee was represented by Eugene Arievich, Chairman of the AEB Intellectual Property Committee, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, Tatiana Sazonova, Deputy Chairperson of the AEB Intellectual Property Committee, Head Philips IP&S (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus & Central Asia), European Patent Attorney, and Anton Bankovskiy, Deputy Chairman of the AEB Intellectual Property Committee, Head of IP Practice, CMS. The event aimed at discussing the draft study which compares the system of IPR protection in the EU and Russia, identifies gaps as well as proposes relevant recommendations. The study is carried out as part of the Project “Modernization of the IPR System of the Russian Federation” by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and ROSPATENT.

L-R: Eugene Arievich, Chairman of the AEB Intellectual Property Committee, Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Tatiana Sazonova, Deputy Chairperson of the AEB Intellectual Property Committee, Head Philips IP&S (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus & Central Asia), European Patent Attorney; Anton Bankovskiy, Deputy Chairman of the AEB Intellectual Property Committee, Head of IP Practice, CMS.

“Seminar to Present and Discuss the Gap Study of Provisions of the EU Legal Acts and the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, Ch. IV Related with Trade Marks and Designs”
On December 10, AEB Migration committee organized a round table with participation of Moscow Department of labor and employment regarding the quotas for hiring foreign employees in Moscow for 2015 and status of the quotas for 2014 as well as some other topics of hiring foreign employees within the competence of the Department. 
Vadim KUDRYASHOV, Head of Moscow Department of labor and employment, and Alexander NI, Deputy Head of Division of labor migration, Moscow Department of labor and employment, informed participants about the main reasons of rejection of the companies quotas application forms for 2015; quota procedure and the forecast for 2015, including quota issue in view of introduction of the patent system for the foreign employees from the non-visa countries. The parties agreed to organize next meetings on the regular basis, so that AEB members could be aware of the latest changes and approaches in this area.
 AEB Migration committee organized a round table with participation of Moscow Department

Customs and transport Commitee met EU customs attaches in Russia at the EU delegation

On December 5, 2014, the transit issues and restrictions imposed recently by Russian Federation on the goods transiting Russia and Belarus to/from Moldova/Kazakhstan and other countries were discussed during the meeting with EU customs attaches in Russia at the EU delegation. 
Dmitry Cheltsov, AEB Customs and transport (AEB CTC) Chairperson, and Wilhelmina Shavshina, AEB CTC Co-chair, were invited to share information on Committee’s work with regard to the current customs and transit issues affecting EU business in Russia.
Customs and transport Commitee  met  EU customs attaches in Russia at the EU delegation
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