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International Forum “Integration in Great Eurasia: Risks & Opportunities”


On 15 March 2017 the International Forum “Integration in Great Eurasia: Risks & Opportunities” took place during the X week of Russian Business (NRB). AEB Board Chairman Thomas Staertzel made a speech during the event. 

More than 350 representatives of Russian companies working in and interested in entering the markets of the Asia-Pacific region, the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the European Union participated in the forum.

The participants of the forum shared their experience in drawing up trade agreements in Greater Eurasia; regional and integration projects (EAEU, APEC, ASEAN, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership and other Free Trade Areas, the Silk Road Economic Zone, EAEC and EEPS); new conditions, opportunities and risks of doing business, and successful APR practices and initiatives by Russian and international companies.

The AEB Chairman Thomas Staertzel noted that the AEB has supported the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union since the very beginning and is taking an active part in its implementation and development: "There are two areas I would like to mention where cooperation between the EU and EAEU would be helpful for business and in which both Russian and European businesses can engage. They are parallel imports and the harmonisation of technical standards and regulations. Parallel imports into the EU are prohibited due to industrial policy and consumer protection laws".