Challenges and Opportunities for Business in Russian–European Relations Today – and in the Future

06 Jun , 16:45–18:00
Business Dialogue
Pavilion F, conference hall F1

Business continues to function and achieve results despite the complicated political relations between Russia and the European Union. Economic cooperation between Russia and Europe has great potential given the geographic, historic, and cultural prerequisites. Rapid technological developments, the opening up of new markets, and business opportunities provide additional stimulus. European manufacturers maintain faith in the Russian market; they are expanding their investments in Russia, and searching for new collaborative solutions in partnership with Russian enterprises. Meanwhile Russian companies are actively strengthening their export capabilities. How can European and Russian companies best overcome the obstacles they face? What strategies have proven to be the most effective and how do companies view their future prospects? What practical areas of cooperation between Russia and the EU can compensate for the crises in relations between two partners united by a common continent, historic and cultural proximity, and tried-and-tested economic ties? Could cooperation in education and science, research and innovation, and new technologies act as a driver for positive change?

Johan Vanderplaetse, Chairman, Association of European Businesses; President, Russia and CIS, Schneider Electric

Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Management and the Executive Committee, Royal Philips
Florence Verzelen, Executive Vice-President for Industry Solutions, Marketing, Global Affairs and Communications, Dassault Systemes SE
Maxim Egorov, Deputy Minister of Construction, Housing, and Utilities of the Russian Federation
Elisa Markula, President, Chief Executive Officer, Tikkurila Oyj
Alexander Misharin, First Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Russian Railways
Kris Peeters, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs, in charge of Foreign Trade, Combating Poverty, Equal Opportunities, and Disabled People of the Federal Government of the Kingdom of Belgium
Nenad Popovic, Minister for Innovation and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia
Peter Szijjarto, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
Markus Ederer, Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation

Front row participants
Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga Region
Eric Benedetti, General Director, Signify Russia and CIS
Marcus Huth, Finance Director for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia, Managing Director, Accenture