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Seminar GlobalEurope 3 / EU-CIS


Warsaw (Foksal Palace), March 12, 2004


Organised in partnership with the Diplomatic Academy of Poland

Seminar’s executive summary


After the enlargement Russia will become an important direct neighbour of the European Union. Though this situation represents no change at all for the majority of new members which historically have always had common borders with Russia, it is a completely new situation for the Western part of the EU, core-group of the European project, which is just starting to become aware of the consequences.

Despite the fact that each Member State has a long tradition of bilateral relations with Russia, none of them can underestimate the importance of the influx of experience and direct knowledge which new members can bring in the process of shaping up future EU-Russia relations.

Russia from solely a partner will become both a partner and a neighbour, which may enrich and complicate the nature and contents of relations.

The nature of the future EU-Russia relations will impact strongly on the stability of the continent and its Eastern environment (from Byelorussia to Caucasus), as well as will strongly influence global governance.

At the same time, the growing importance of relations between EU and Russia in fields of economy (energy or economic development) and sciences (aeronautics, space discovery and nuclear programmes) highlights an increasing interdependence of the two zones.

Both communities have their own dynamics, not necessarily leading to a convergence. This phenomenon is well illustrated by the chronic instability of those regions located between the two groups. It is possible that along with the accession of new Member States, the European Union will seek for a more visible and active role in these regions. It is essential for the EU to determine a precise strategy, trying to associate Russia into it on the basis of common values (e.g. democracy, human rights, etc.).

In the years to come these common values will certainly constitute a recurrent issue in the relations between EU and Russia, given that the process towards democratisation in Russia is still an open and uncertain issue (so are security of investments and protection of environment).

Lastly, at the international level, even though EU and Russia obviously share the same common objectives (central role of the UN, denial of univocal character of international arena), they do not have the same vision of world balances, nor do they identify in the same way future global challenges.

The biggest European neighbour and a global partner, a military power and a developing economy, a society in transition anchoring democratic values, an important client and a main energy supplier, these are some of the dual features of the EU-Russia relations between today and 2020 on which basis we need to construct a common strategy.


9.00 – Welcome of participants

9.15 – Opening session

. Prof. Roman Kuzniar, Head of Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw

. Mr Jan Truszczynski, Undersecretary of State responsible for European integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw

. Mr Franck Biancheri, Director of Research and Strategy, Europe 2020

10.00 – Theme 1 – Shaping up regional security – new challenges and opportunities for EU-Russia cooperation

With coming and future (Romania/Bulgaria) enlargements, EU and Russia will share borders or be in almost direct contact from Artic Circle till Black Sea. All along this line a series of crisis and tensions are emerging. Regional stability will mostly depend from the ability of both players to forge efficient and sustainable cooperation addressing root issues and offering a sound political, economical and security environment to all states in this region. This region will become one of the first priority for future EU neighborhood strategy whose results here will largely depend on Russian attitudes. But first of all the European Union needs clear definition of the objectives, instruments and timeframe of such a policy.

Introduction to the theme :

. Mr Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Senior Fellow – Centre of International Affairs in Warsaw, former Defence Minister of Poland

. Mr Jakub M. Godzimirski, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Russian Studies, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) – Read the speech

. Ms Vita Dobele, Deputy Head of Russia/CIS countries division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riga


11.00 – Break

11.30 – Theme 2 – From aerospace to energy via economic development : challenges and opportunities of EU-Russia economic cooperation

Russia’s economy is made of a unique blend of high tech industries and developing country socio-economic fabric. The European Union will long for long term cooperation in the first case and could provide unique development opportunities in the second one. Added value to Russia needs will differ between Member-States. Several questions are therefore pending: which conditions for such long term sustainable EU/Russia economic cooperation? How will the EU balance possible diverging trade interests between Member-States? How will Russia economic development affect neighboring EU member-states?

Introduction to the theme :

. Mr Czeslaw Mesjasz, Assoc. Prof., Cracow University of Economics


12.45 – Luncheon

14.30 – Theme 3 – The art of sharing the same values: democratic changes in Russia and neighbouring countries

Although Russia is undergoing many changes to conclude its transformation towards fully democratic state, there are still issues, such as human rights, freedoms and corruption, on which more pressure should be put. Whether there is a common agreement or not upon shared fundamental values will drastically affect EU and Russia relations. How can such a long term convergence be reached? Meanwhile this community of values will also consist of joint action and cooperation in very concrete fields such as political and legal reforms, citizenship and human rights, education, health (HIV), …. What can the EU propose to sustain such a positive dynamics?

Introduction to the theme :

. Prof Joseph Langer, Chairman of the Institute of Sociology, Klagenfurt University, Austria

. Mr Aap Neljas, Director, 2nd Division Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tallinn


15.30 – Break

16.00 – Theme 4 – Possible partnerships with Russia in terms of global governance

Both EU and Russia will be major international players in coming decades. Their visions will affect all aspects of future global governance such as United Nations reform, global security, international research. With its direct borders to both Asian and Arab worlds, Russia shares EU’s situation of direct contact with different cultures and religions. Will both players develop similar attitudes towards tomorrow’s challenges; or will Russia be more incline to keep a balance between all other global players including USA. Which aims should a EU/Russia partnership on global issues pursue? How connected is it with other aspects of EU/Russia relations?

Introduction to the theme:

. Mr Philip Barclay, 1st Secretary (Political), British Embassy in Warsaw


17.00 – Work-synthesis

17.15 – Closing speech

. Mr Franck Biancheri, Director of Research and Strategy, Europe 2020

. Prof. Jerzy Buzek, Deputy-Rector for academic affairs, Polonia Academy in Czestochowa, former Prime Minister

. Prof. Roman Kuzniar, Head of Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Warsaw


. Tanja Angelova, Ambassade de Bulgarie en Pologne

. Robert Ambroziak, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Tomek Badowski, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Philip Barclay, 1er Secrétaire (Politique), Ambassade de Grande-Bretagne en Pologne

. Jean-François Bernicot, Membre de la Cour des Comptes européenne, Luxembourg

. Franck Biancheri, Directeur Etudes et Stratégie, Europe 2020

. Karolina Blasiak, Chargée de mission, Europe 2020

. Jerzy Buzek, Vice-Recteur (Affaires académiques), Académie Polonia de Czestochowa, Ancien Premier Ministre S.E. Mme Ireny Comaroschi, Ambassadeur de Roumanie en Pologne

. Alphonse Creusen, Conseiller, Ambassade de Belgique en Pologne

. Fabio Della Piazza, Collège de l’Europe, Natolin

. S. E. M. Bruno Dethomas, Ambassadeur, Chef de la Délégation de la Commission européenne en Pologne

. Vita Dobele, Directrice adjointe, Division Russie/CEI, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Lettonie

. Milko Dolinšek, Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Ambassade de la république de Slovénie en Pologne

. Jaroslaw Domanski, Collège de l’Europe, Natolin

. S. E. MmeThelma M. Doran, Ambassadeur d’Irlande en Pologne

. Raluca Dumitrescu, Département Général Affaires européennes, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Roumanie

. Walter Ferrara, 2ème Secrétaire, Chef du Bureau Economique et Commercia, Ambassade d’Italie en Pologne

. Colin Glennie, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Poland

. Jakub M. Godzimirski, Chercheur, Centre des Etudes Russes, Insitut Norvégien des Affaires Internationales, Oslo

. Jan Wilhelm Grythe, Ministre-Conseiller, Ambassade Royale de Norvège en Pologne

. Leopold Theodor Heldman, Ministre-Conseiller (Chef du Département politique), Ambassade d’Allemagne en Pologne

. Antti Helanterä, Chercheur, Centre for Markets in Transition, Helsinki School of Economics

. Dorthe Hertzbugge, 1er Secrétaire, Ambassade du Danemark en Pologne

. Mariusz Kazana, Département UE, Chef de la Division PESC, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Pologne

. Marzena Kisielewska, Bureau du Secrétaire Général, UKIE, Pologne

. Beata Kolecka, Directrice Adjointe du Département UE, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Pologne

. Aleksandra Krystek, Etudiante, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Maciej Krzysztofowicz, Institut Polonais des Affaires Internationales

. Ireneusz Kusmierczyk, Département UE (Intern), Conseil Atlantique du Canada, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Pologne

. Roman Kuzniar, Directeur de l’Académie Diplomatique, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Pologne

. Joseph Langer, Professeur, Président de l’Institut de Sociologie, Université de Klagenfurt, Autriche

. Barbara Liberda, Département d’Economie, Université de Varsovie

. Marek Menkiszak, Centre d’Etudes Orientales, Varsovie

. Czeslaw Mesjasz, Professueur., Université d’Economie de Cracovie

. Philippe Micaelli, PDG, Finamer-Consulting, Paris

. Antonio Moniz, 1er Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassade du Portugal en Pologne

. Laurent Mullot, Ambassade de France en Pologne

. Kristine Naseniece, 2ème Secrétaire, Département Politique européenne, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Lettonie

. Aap Neljas, Directeur, 2ème Division, Département Planification Politique, Ministère des Affaires étrangères d’Estonie

. Robert Nowak, Chargé Affaires économiques, Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Europe

. Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Chercheur, Centre des Affaires Internationales de Varsovie, Ancien Ministre de la Défense Marlena Ostrowska, Etudiante, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Patrycja Ozcan, Etudiante, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Pwel Grzesik, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Poland

. Guy Pinsent, 2ème Secrétaire à la Section Politique, Ambassade de Grande-Bretagne en Pologne

. Rafal Poborski, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Kamila Proninska, Doctorante, Institut des Relations Internationales, Université de Varsovie

. Marie Rondelez, Collège de l’Europe, Natolin

. Antonina Ronhaar, Assistante aux Affaires Politiques, Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas en Pologne

. Xavier Rouard, Ambassade de France en Pologne

. Katarzyna Sochacka, Institut polonais des Affaires Internationales

. Wojtek Soczewica, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Jorge Soler, Conseiller, Ambassade d’Espagne en Pologne

. Mateusz St¹siek, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. S. E. M. Mats Staffansson, Ambassadeur de Suède en Pologne

. Katarzyna Stoklosa, German Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin

. Piotr Stolecki, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Péter Szeratics, Conseiller, Ambassade de la République de Hongrie en Pologne

. Aleksandra Szczepanska, Etudiante, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Valionis Tadas, 2ème Secrétaire, Ambassade de Lithuanie en Pologne

. Tiina Tarkus, 3ème Secrétaire, Division des Politiques Générales de l’UE, Département Intégration européenne, Ministère des Affaires étrangères d’Estonie

. Katarzyna Ewa Tekiel, Etudiante en Linguistique Appliquée, Université Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan

. Wasilij Timofiejew, 1er Conseiller, Ambassade de Russie en Pologne

. Ewa Tomaszewska, Etudiante, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Rodica Tomescu, Département Général Affaires européennes, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Roumanie

. Andres Traat, 2ème Secrétaire, Ambassade d’Estonie en Pologne

. Jan Truszczynski, Sous-Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Intégration européenne, Ministère des Affaires étrangères de Pologne

. Anna Tyszkiewicz, Etudiante, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

. Jurgita Vadoklyte, Collège de l’Europe, Natolin

. S. E. M. Uldis Vitolinš, Ambassadeur de Lettonie en Pologne

. Petteri Vuorimäki, 1er Secrétaire, Représentation Permanente de Finlande auprès de l’UE, Bruxelles

. Ernest Zienkiewicz, UNHCR lawyer and EU focal point, Warsaw

. Marcin Zochowski, Etudiant, Académie Diplomatique de Pologne

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