AEB DELEGATION TO BRUSSELS: 24-26 November 2008

26.11.2008

AEB DELEGATION TO BRUSSELS: 24-26 November 2008

AEB Delegation to Brussels 24-26 November 2008

   
Press-Release
 
AEB Delegation Meets Top EU Representatives in Brussels
 
Delegation of the Association of European Businesses presents key issues for European business in Russia to the EU authorities, November 24-26, 2008
 
On November 24-26, a delegation from the Executive Board of the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation headed by Philippe Cohen, the Deputy Chairman of the AEB Executive Board, visited Brussels for a busy schedule of meetings with some of the main actors in the European Commission.
During meetings with Eneko Landaburu, the chief negotiator on the new EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement from EU side, and Lazlo Kovacs, Commissioner for Taxation and Customs, the AEB delegation has emphasized the importance of the continuation of the constructive dialogue between two parties and expressed its commitment to work towards the tighter economic cooperation between European Union and Russia.
Also the AEB took this opportunity to meet with the Head of the Permanent Representation of the Russian Federation towards the EU Vladimir Chizhov, who is the chief negotiator on the new EU-Russia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement from Russian side, to share the outlook of the AEB on the current economic situation in Russia and highlight the issues of importance for European businesses. The AEB was pleased to hear the commitment of the Russian side to expedite the negotiation process. It was also commonly acknowledged that the Russian WTOaccession will be a major step in the negotiations on the framework agreement.  
The other issues on the agenda for discussions included taxation and migration issues as well as the proposed measures for the improvement of the overall investment climate for European businesses in Russia. The AEB is pleased to see the deep interest of European Commission in the state of affairs of European businesses working in Russia. 
During the mission the AEB Delegation is also holding meetings with Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General of EuroChambers and Philippe de Buck, Secretary General of BusinessEurope, doing presentations of its work and discussing the future cooperation between the parties. 
Philippe Cohen, the Deputy Chairman of the AEB Executive Board, commented: “Association of European Businesses is happy to continue its initiative started last year to visit Brussels on a high-profile mission to the EU. We are highly impressed by the interest of the EU side in the affairs of European businesses operating in Russia and their readiness to make an input towards better conditions for cooperation. We were assured of the EU commitment to a positive and constructive dialogue with Russia and AEB certainly looks forward to play its role in the process”. 
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