The EU-Russia Expert Network met for the 13th time on 25 and 26 June. This was the first meeting that took place online because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the interruption of air travel between Russia and the European Union.
Aleska Simkic, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to the Russian Federation, opened the meeting and discussed with Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, and 35 experts from Russia and the EU about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on EU-Russia relations.
This was the second EUREN meeting devoted to alternative futures of EU-Russia relations. The end-product of the EUREN scenario building process, the second EUREN Report drafted by Sabine Fischer and Ivan Timofeev, will be presented to a broader policy and expert audience in the EU and Russia in September.
The EUREN was initiated by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and the Russian International Affairs Council. It is a platform for dialogue between foreign policy experts and think tanks from EU member states and Russia. They exchange views on relevant issues and formulate policy recommendations to be presented to decision-makers of both the EU and Russia.