Alternative scenarios for future EU-Russia
relations were explored at a meeting of the EU-Russia Expert Network on foreign policy (EUREN)
on 27–28 February 2020 in Moscow. The two-day event was hosted by the Russian International
Markus Ederer, the European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation,
opened the meeting and participated in the plenary "Alternative Futures of EU-Russia relations -
methodology and perspectives".
This was a first of three meetings on EUREN's Scenario
Analysis. Scenario-building allows a differentiated, future-oriented reflection on topics in
question, and a structured, results-oriented discussion. The future is unpredictable, but the
scenario analysis helps assess trends and uncertainties and, thus, develop strategic
decision-making options in a changing world. The scenario discussions focus on three areas: the
EU, Russia, and the European security in 2030; the EU, Russia, and their neighbourhood in 2030;
EU-Russia economic relations in 2030.