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.


On February 25, 2015, AEB and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the Russian Federation held an "AEB Czech EuroReception" event. The Ambassador of the Czech Republic, His Excellency, Mr. Vladimir Remek, opened the event with a welcome speech. AEB Board Chairman, Philippe Pegorier thanked the Czech Embassy for inviting AEB members and expressed his hopes for stronger cooperation between AEB and companies from the Czech Republic. He also announced a number of important upcoming AEB events, and invited everyone present to join them. 

AEB is grateful to its Gold Sponsors of the event: BBH, Mikenopa, Peterka & Partners, and also expresses its appreciation for its Silver Sponsor MaMaison Hotels & Residences, as well its official automotive sponsor, Škoda, for their invaluable support.
AEB Czech EuroReception
On 19 February 2015, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) opened its doors to potential members. Companies had a good opportunity to get detailed information about the AEB membership benefits from the presentations given by Frank Schauff, AEB CEO and Ruslan Kokarev, AEB COO and  Antonio Linares, AEB Board member, General Director of ROCA in Russia and CIS. 

Moreover for visitors there was created a good environment to have a speed dating with the AEB employees representing the following tables:

1.    AEB Loyalty Programme and CRM system
Vera Prokopenko, AEB Customer Care Manager
2.    Membership and Sponsorship Benefits
Lyudmila Sahakyan, AEB Membership Development Manager
3.    Membership Benefits and Committees work
Natalia Trembovetskaya, AEB Head of Membership and Sales
4.    Publications and Communications
Anastasia Kondratieva, AEB Marketing, PR and Communications Director
Mikhail Konishchev, AEB Publications Manager
5.    Lobbying and Legal Questions
Maya Limonnikova, AEB Legal Adviser
6.    Regional Development
Olga Pavlyuk, AEB Director for Regional Development
AEB Open Doors

On 17 February 2015, the Relocation Sub-Committee of the AEB HR Committee held its annual Relocation Conference “Bringing Expats to Russia”. The event is held during last eight years and is traditionally focused on the latest developments in the areas of property and relocation, corporate relocation policies, settling in Moscow, market for hotels and serviced accommodation, schooling, support systems for families, departure services, immigration and labour law, employment of foreign nationals in Russia, etc. This year the Conference ”Bringing Expats to Russia” was a half-day event organised in an interactive format. The conference consisted of three sessions which were focused on latest trends and challenges in the following sectors:

-Session 1: Relocation industry and rental market;

-Session 2: Outbound relocations;

-Session 3: Recent legislative developments in immigration and labour law.   

L—R: Olga Kurilova, Bruck Consult Associate Partners; Andrey Slepov, BEITEN BURKHARDT Moscow; Inna Soltyk, MoveOne; Elena Groshkova, Swiss Business Hub Russia, Embassy of Switzerland; Marina Semenova, Chair of the AEB Relocation Sub-Committee, Intermark Relocation.


Relocation Conference “Bringing Expats to Russia”

AEB Business Mission to Tyumen

On 17-18 February 2015 the AEB delegation made a Business mission to Tyumen. 
During the mission AEB Chairman Philippe Pegorier met Governor of the Tyumen region Vladimir Yakushev.

The AEB delegation also participated in the "II Tyumen Investment Forum. Investment. Industrialization. Regions. Breakthrough logic"  to discuss development and investment prospects in the region. AEB Chairman Philippe Pegorier made a welcome speech at the plenary session alongside Sergey Naryshkin (Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation), Igor Holmanskih (President of the Urals Federal District), Andrey Nikitin (Director of The Agency for Strategic Initiatives), Alexey Repik (President of the All-Russia Public Organisation “Delovaya Rossiya”) and Alexander Kalinin (President of the All-Russia Public Organisation “Opora Russia”). 

During the second day of the forum, the Association of European Businesses held a round table "Cooperation with International Partners: New Opportunities and Risks in the Current Economic Conditions" moderated by Sergey Naryshkin.
AEB Business Mission to Tyumen
On 16 February 2015, the AEB Migration Committee organised a briefing by Konstantin Romodanovsky, the RF Minister, Head of the RF Federal Migration Service. Mr. Romodanovsky and representatives of Federal Migration Service, briefed the AEB member-companies on the new FMS legislative initiatives in the framework of the Russian migration policy concept implementation for the period up to 2025: upcoming changes in immigration system, as well as practical migration matters, such as new patent system for foreign employees from non-visa countries, notification of the FMS of Russia on dual citizenship, exams for foreign employees, HQS in Representative offices, new rules of employment contracts with a foreign employee and other changes to the Labor Code and administrative liability of foreign employees. Konstantin Romodanovsky and Lev Yakobson, First Vice-Dean of High School of Economics, presented at the Event the questionnaire on monitoring the business needs for hiring of foreign specialists in Russia. 
Please find the questionnaire HERE.  

L—R: Philippe Pegorier, Chairman of the AEB Board, President, Alstom (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus); Liudmila Shiryaeva, Chairperson of the AEB Migration Committee, Executive Director, EY; Frank Schauff, AEB CEO; Konstantin Romodanovskiy, Head of the RF Federal Migration Service.

Post release on ENG and RUS
Briefing by Konstantin Romodanovsky
On 16 February 2015, the AEB organised a briefing by Knut Fleckenstein, Vice-Chairman of the Group of Socialists & Democrats at the European Parliament. The event was held in the AEB premises and gave the AEB Members a great opportunity to discuss the current situation in Ukraine and the related sanctions with a key German politician from the European Parliament. Mr. Fleckenstein, who chaired the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee during its previous term in the European Parliament, shared his views on the current tensions between the EU and Russia. He was eager to hear about the difficulties faced by European investors in Russia and their position vis-à-vis the sanctions.  The AEB shall continue to voice the concerns of the European businesses in Brussels during its planned visit to the European institutions on 16-18 March 2015.

Briefing by Knut Fleckenstein
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