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AEB meeting with representatives of the authorities of St. Petersburg


On June 29, 2022, the management of the Association of European Businesses and the members of the Steering Group of the AEB North-Western regional Committee held a working meeting with the representatives of the authorities of St. Petersburg. 

The city authorities were presented by: Evgeny Grigoriev, Chairperson of the Committee for External Relations of St. Petersburg, Olga Goryshina, Deputy Chair of the Committee for Industrial Policy, Innovation and Trade of St. Petersburg and Olga Androsova, Head of the Department of Regional Foreign Relations of the Department of International Cooperation (Committee for External Relations). 

The AEB was represented by Tadzio Schilling, AEB CEO, Anton Rassadin, Chairperson of the AEB North-Western Regional Committee, Andreas Bitzi, Deputy Chairperson of the AEB NWRC, Chairman of the AEB Committee on SMEs, and Wilhelmina Shavshina, Deputy Chairperson of the AEB NWRC, Chairperson of the AEB Customs and Transport Committee. 

Tadzio Schilling presented the Association's position on the issues that European business faces in the current situation. He also presented the results of the recent survey, which was conducted among AEB members and reflected the general mood of European companies in Russia, their strategic and investment plans. 

Both sides agreed that in the current environment it is important to keep operational communication and consider support measures by local authorities for those foreign investors who, despite the situation, had decided to continue working in Russia and not to reduce their activities and staff. The need to develop temporary employment programs for the released personnel of those enterprises, that decided to suspend their activities, was also raised. The parties agreed on further cooperation.