Global international economic policies during the last few decades have been exhibiting a growing interest in regional integration in various new and diverse forms. Not only has the number of regional integration arrangements increased but, even more strikingly, their scope and depth have expanded in a remarkable manner.
The establishment of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan (RBK-CU) in 2010 and its subsequent evolution into the Single Economic Space (SES) in 2012 is a major example of regional economic integration in northern Eurasia. Authorities in the RBK-CU/SES envisage deepening this regional integration even further by establishing the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). At the same time, there has been progress in further enlarging the EU and in the development of the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative.
The international and interdisciplinary initiative "Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a wider European and Eurasian Space," coordinated by IIASA, aims to discuss and analyze critical issues of economic cooperation between the enlarged EU, CU/SES, and their neighbors, including the key Asian players, such as China, Korea, and Japan. This could lay the foundations for a broader pan-European/Eurasian Economic Space "from Lisbon to Vladivostok" or even wider integration "from Lisbon to Shanghai."
The two-year initiative consists of a series of workshops at which specific aspects of integration will be discussed by scientists and stakeholders representing all interested regions. Follow-up discussion summaries, notes, opinion papers, position papers, and other publications will outline the state of the art in this field and reflect on different futures.
The initiative has been discussed and initially supported by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Eurasian Development Bank, the European Commission, and some other European institutions.
Last edited: 04 July 2017
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