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AEB Annual Strategy Meeting 2020


On January 23, 2020, the Association of European Businesses held its Annual Strategy Meeting 2020, where the Board members, CNR representatives, the Committee Chairs, guests of honour, the AEB CEO and the staff met at Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel to discuss the results of 2019 and define the committees’ main targets and initiatives for the future.

Chairman of AEB Board Johan Vanderplaetse made a review of the AEB strategic development and prospects for the current jubilee year.

 AEB CEO Frank Schauff made the AEB operational report and a short introduction into the Strategy Discussion 2020.

H.E. Markus Ederer, EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation, spoke about the current EU-Russia relations. He marked out the close cooperation between the EU Delegation and the AEB on a range of technical and regulatory issues and noted the consolidated position on Baring Vostok case.
Commenting on the EU-Russian relations the Ambassador said that “we are entering calming waters”, though there are a lot of hurdles to be solved.


Alexey Dorofeev, Managing Director, GfK-Rus, presented the AEB-GfK Annual Survey and welcomed all AEB members to take part in the Survey this year.

The participants of the meeting took part in the parallel sessions on four strategic topics:
1. Localization, export from Russia and instruments for support (SPIC etc.), moderated by Alexander Liberov, Board member, Frank Schauff, CEO.
Key points of the discussion:
 - Constantly changing legislation for localization makes investment climate more challenging.
 - The AEB needs to create the mechanism of “one window approach” to address and raise issues about localization.
 - SPIC 2.0 mechanism to be set up by the government asap.

2. Events at the federal and the regional levels, moderated by Philippe Pegorier, Board member, and Olga Bantsekina, Board member.
Key points of the discussion:
- The AEB needs to increase activities in the regions;
- Consider joint thematic events with the EU Commission in match with different EU representatives;
- Reform the event financing;
- Improve the visualization and creative of the AEB social network pages.

3. Digital Economy: consequences for the businesses, moderated by Paul Bruck, Board member and Tadzio Schilling, SME Committee chairman.
Key points of the discussion:
- strengthen interaction among the committees inside the AEB; 
- facilitate cooperation with other associations;
- to promote the AEB members best practices;
- enhance AEB b2b platform and increase its visibility.

4. Environmental policy: opportunities and risks for European companies (waste management, energy efficiency, climate policy), moderated by Valery Kucherov, SHES Committee chairman.
Key points of the discussion:
- Necessity to increase the recycling rate gradually;
- Create economic incentives to develop waste management infrastructure;
- Apply regulatory guillotine;
- Promote Europe\n experience in the area of energy resources management and energy efficiency, etc.

The moderators summarized the results of the discussions and Johan Vanderplaetse, Chairman of the Board, moderated the general discussion on the AEB strategic agenda.