AEBR Forum: “Border Policies and Cross-border Cooperation”

Signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation between Rosgranitsa and AEBR
Location: Delegation of the European Union to Russia. 14/1, Kadashevskaya embankment. Moscow, 119017, Russian Federation

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Many years ago, the AEBR began to extend its membership across the EU borders. This also happened during the nineties, when many cross-border structures in the accession countries joined our Association. They were trained in European affairs, particularly on Cohesion and Territorial matters. They also learned how to implement new and existing cooperation possibilities with their neighbours in environmental issues, emergencies, cross-border transport links, innovation, etc. Most of them are very relevant actors in the new EU internal borders, while others also promote cross-border cooperation at the new external borders, and far beyond.

New structures have even been constituted outside the EU, being the Western boundaries of the Russian Federation a growing field for cross-border cooperation. Many euroregions have been created in its borders with the EU, but also at the Russian-Ukrainian boundary: the Euroregions Dnepr, Yaroslavna, Slobozhanschina and Donbass cover the whole border line between those two countries.

Following a strong cooperation of these euroregions with the AEBR and Western European partners, and taking into account the support of the European institutions and the governments of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the AEBR decided to organize its General Assembly and Annual Conference in Kursk, in the Russian side of the Euroregion Yaroslavna, from 22nd to 24th September 2011. These events will be preceded by a workshop in Moscow, organized jointly with the Russian Federal Agency for Border Issues (Rosgranitsa).
Our main tasks have to do with the European Cohesion Policy, and we of course follow the debates on the financial perspectives of the EU and the different views on how future Territorial Cooperation should look like. Nevertheless, we would like to stress in this occasion the opportunities opened by the Eastern Partnership and the need to strengthen the cooperation with sub-national authorities in the Russian Federation and the Neighbourhood countries. To this end, we expect a strong participation not only by representatives from EU border regions, but also from border areas at the external borders of the EU and beyond.

The requests and recommendations of the conference will address the EU, Russian and Neighbourhood institutions, as well as the border- and cross-border regions and any interested stakeholder, trying to offer some views on the territorial aspects of the Eastern Partnership and a set of proposals for further cooperation.

Tuesday, 20st September 2011

Arrival of first wave of participants to Moscow

Wednesday, 21st September 2011

Arrival of participants to Moscow along the day

AEBR Forum: “Border Policies and Cross-border Cooperation”
Venue: EU delegation in the Russian Federation,
Kadashevskaya embankment 14/1, 119017 Moscow
(Working Languages: Russian and English)

13.30 h Registration

14.00 h Welcome and introductory message
- Ambassador Fernando Valenzuela, Head of Delegation of the
European Union to the Russian Federation

14.10h Round Table:
Moderator: Mr. Martin Guillermo Ramírez, Secretary General of the AEBR.
- Mr. Etienne Claeye, Head of EU-Russia Cooperation Section, EU Delegation to
the Russian Federation
- Government of Finland (tbc)
- Dr. Christian Gsodam, Committee of the Regions (EU)
- Dr. Rebeca Steiman, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (BR)
- ..., (other speakers are expected)

15.00h Debate with the public

15.15h Conclusions

15.20h Signature of a Memorandum of Cooperation between Rosgranitsa and AEBR

15.40h Closing
- Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of AEBR, Minister President of the
German-speaking Community of Belgium (BE)

15.50h Transfer to Moscow Kremlin and visit. Moscow city tour.

21.32 / 22.12 h Night train to Kursk