14 December 2018
Austrian National Bank, Vienna, Austria

IIASA at the Austrian National Bank (OeNB) Conference on Connecting Europe and Asia

The Austrian National Bank (OeNB) is organizing a conference “Connecting Europe and Asia”, which is the official event of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Businessmen, policymakers and academia will discuss ways to improve cooperation between Europe and Asia. Dr. Elena Rovenskaya, Program Director, Advanced Systems Analysis Program, will address the audience with a presentation on “Challenges and Opportunities of the Economic Integration in the Greater Eurasia”.

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Taking place toward the end of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this conference will look into possibilities of a deeper cooperation between Europe and Asia for the benefit of both sides. Experts from academia, business and politics will debate on how to achieve these goals and promote deeper integration between Europe and Asia. They will discuss current institutional framework, different initiatives, such as the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, European integration and relations between the European Union (EU) and Eurasia, focusing on trade relations and on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Dr. Rovenskaya will share information on the latest achievements of IIASA international research project “Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space”. This project focuses on plausible futures of economic cooperation in the Greater Eurasian space and interplay between different integration processes in the region. A particular specific aim of the project is to analyze the potential and conditions for the creation of a common economic space between the EU and the EAEU. Dr. Rovenskaya will be joined at the Panel by Tatyana Valovaya, Member of the Board (Minister) at the Eurasian Economic Commission; Petros Sourmelis, Head of Unit at the European Commission; William Tompson, Head of Eurasia Department, Global Relations Secretariat at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Franz Nauschnigg, Head of Division at OeNB. Among other eminent speakers of the conference are high representatives of The World Bank, OSCE, EBRD, Rail Cargo Logistics Austria, Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, London School of Economics and Political Science, Astana International Financial Centre, and others. Opening remarks will be delivered by Ewald Nowotny, Governor of the Austrian National Bank and Marc Uzan, Executive Director of Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee. 

During the conference latest IIASA Working Papers on Foreign Direct Investment between the EU and EAEUTrans-Eurasian Land Transport Corridors: Assessment of Prospects and Barriers; and Technical Product Standards and Regulations in the EU and EAEU – Comparisons and Scope for Convergence, as well as other materials will be distributed.

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Elena Rovenskaya

Program Director

Advanced Systems Analysis

Acting Program Director

Evolution and Ecology

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


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