08 December 2017
Hofburg Dachfoyer, Vienna, Austria

Connectivity, Trade and Economic Cooperation within a Wider European and Eurasian Space

As part of its science-diplomacy mandate, and building on its continued engagement with the OSCE, IIASA is convening a high-level event to facilitate dialogue on how to promote connectivity, trade and economic cooperation in the European and Eurasian Space. This event takes place on the margins of the 24th OSCE Ministerial Council in Vienna.

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Mutually beneficial economic cooperation contributes to good-neighborly relations, confidence, stability and security, and it is therefore also a main focus of the work of the OSCE and its Economic and Environmental Dimension.

The high-level event will bring policymakers, diplomats, scientists and business representatives together in order to discuss how to promote connectivity, strengthen economic ties and create new business opportunities despite current political tensions. 

The panel will discuss following questions: 

  • How can IIASA, through its academic work, and the OSCE, through its project work, contribute to connectivity and economic cooperation throughout the wider European and Eurasian Space? What are the possibilities for promoting economic cooperation between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union?
  • How can we promote transport in the wider European and Eurasian Space? What is the role of the business community in developing “hard infrastructure”? How can governments promote “soft infrastructure” (harmonization of procedures and standards etc.)? What is the scope of additional infrastructure opportunities through the “One Belt and One Road Initiative” (OBOR)?
  • How did different OSCE Chairmanships promote the work on connectivity-related aspects of security? What has been achieved during the Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017?

Recognizing the potential of youth to contribute to economic cooperation and sustainable economic development, the winner of the contest of the International Youth Forum “Future of Eurasian and European Integration: Foresight – 2040”, hosted by IIASA, will report on how young people can enhance connectivity and how they perceive opportunities for closer economic cooperation in the wider European and Eurasian Space.

Speakers 

Introductory remarks:
- Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, Director General and CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
- Ambassador Florian Raunig, Head of Task Force, Austrian OSCE Chairmanship 2017

Panelists:
- H.E. Mr. Tigran Sargsyan, Chairman of the Board, Eurasian Economic Commission (tbc)
- Mr. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Director, DG TRADE, European Commission
- Ing. Mag. (FH) Andreas Matthä, Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO), ÖBB (tbc)
- Mr. Felipe Jaramillo, Senior Director for Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment, World Bank Group
- Winner, Contest of the International Youth Forum “Future Eurasian and European Integration: Foresight – 2040”



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Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space

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Vinokurov E, Balás P, Emerson M, Havlik P, Pereboev V, Rovenskaya E, Stepanova A, Kofner J, et al. (2016). Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space. Synthesis Report. In: Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space, IIASA, Laxenburg.

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