Civil society in Russia and the European Union

On 20 June a round table discussion on "Prospects for the development of relations between Russia and the European Union: the role of civil society" take place at Tomsk State University.
Beginning at 14:00 at: Lenina 34, Room 27 (3rd floor).

June 3-4, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with the leaders of the European Union in St. Petersburg as part of the next regular EU-Russia summit. The participants of the summit discussed trade and investment, energy, economic modernization and further steps towards a visa-free regime. In addition, the international issues, including the situation around Iran, Syria and Afghanistan were discussed. The summit participants confirmed that the long-ongoing negotiations on a new strategic agreement between the European Union and Russia have received new impetus due to early accession of Russia to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

What does the relation between the EU and Russia mean for ordinary citizens? What role can and should be played by civil society in the development of these relations?

These topics will be discussed at the round table. Dr Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Russia (Brussels), will give his assessment of recent developments in the relations between the European Union and Russia. Yuri Dzhibladze, president of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (Moscow), will share his views on the role of civil society in the development of these relations. Both speakers are members of the Coordinating Council of Civic Forum, the EU and Russia. After the presentations, a discussion will be held.

To participate in a round table to register by e-mail of the European Union Center in Siberia: euces@euces.tsu.ru