Dinner debate “What is the future for EU-Russia relations?”

DINNER DEBATE What is the future for EU-Russia relations - 4 October 2017Since 2014 EU-Russia relations entered a difficult phase, after the aggression of Russia in Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

The EU reacted by imposing sanctions against Russia, while Russia retaliated with counter-sanctions. However, economic ties between the two sides remain close.

In a global context characterized by rising uncertainty, should the EU transform its Russia’s policy? And, if yes, in which policy areas is it worthwhile for the EU to pursue cooperation with Russia? And again, should the EU maintain the original linkage of sanctions removal with Russia’s actions in Ukraine?

We will try to answer these questions during our dinner debate “What is the future for EU-Russia relations?”, which will take place on Wednesday 4 October, starting at 8 pm, in the villa of our association.

Four main experts in this field will intervene as guest speakers. They are:  MEP Othmar Karas, President of the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, MEP Eugen Freund, Shadow Rapporteur of the report on EU strategic communication to counteract propaganda against it by third parties, Gabriel Galice, President of the Geneva International Peace Research Institute, and Maxime Lefebvre, professor, diplomat and former Permanent Representative of France to the OSCE.

This informal dinner debate is specially meant for MEPs and other members of the APE to provide them with an opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue on EU-Russia relations. That is why, after the brief introductory interventions of our guest speakers, the floor will be opened to informal discussion among the MEPs who will decide to participate.

Olivier Mirguet, journalist of the French newspaper La Tribune, will moderate the event.

To confirm your participation, please, write at: contact@ape-europa.eu.