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AEB Board mission to Brussels


On 21-23 March 2018, the Board of the Association of European Businesses visited Brussels in order to discuss EU-Russia economic relations with European policy-makers, more particularly with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service, the Russian Ambassador to the European Union as well as European partner associations.

During this traditional mission, Board members voiced to the European authorities the concerns of the European businesses with regard to the following issues:

State of play of EU-Russia relations and EU Strategy towards the Russian Federation, in the wider geopolitical context;
EU Dialogue with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)
Current economic situation and investment climate in Russia;
Possible role and contribution of the European businesses in improving EU-Russia relations, possible areas of cooperation more particularly in the IT-Telecom sector;
Latest Russian government measures more particularly on import substitution and localisation, state procurement, trade irritants; 

The AEB representatives stressed the importance of stability, welfare and peace on the European continent for European investors in Russia. They also underlined the legal uncertainty created around the US sanctions that created a toxic environment for the foreign investments in Russia.

The AEB delegation welcomed the current cooperation of the European policy-makers with Russia and the EAEU, at working level, in areas of mutual interest that are not falling under economic and financial sanctions.

Photo (L-R):
BRUCK Paul, Member of the AEB Board, General Manager, Most Service
RONDELEZ Marie, EU Adviser, AEB
LIBEROV Alexander, First Deputy Chairman of the AEB Board, CFO, Siemens Russia
SCHAUFF Frank, Chief Executive Officer, AEB
Ms. Mariya GABRIEL, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission
BALDISSEROTTO Filippo, Member of the AEB Board, Italcantieri LLC
STAERTZEL Thomas, AEB Chairman of the Board, General Director, Porsche Russland
SAKULER Gerald, AEB Member of the Board and Treasurer, individual Member
HELPPOLAINEN Teemu, Deputy Chair of the AEB Board, General Director, YIT
PUZO Edgars, AEB Chairman of the IT & Telecom Committee, CEO, Atos IT Solutions and Services LLC Russia