18.04.2013 [News]

European Commission meets Russian Government for executive-to-executive talks

On the 22 of March 2013, EU President José Manuel Barroso and representatives of the European Commission had a meeting with the Russian counterparts in Moscow. The talks were chaired by Russian Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The negotiations on the level of executive bodies covered a wide range of issues starting from a new EU-Russia partnership agreement to cooperation in trade, energy, transport and mobility. The main issue in the S&T field was the training of personnel. During the working visit, President Barroso also met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meetings between the Russian Government and the Commission have been held since 1997, the last one was held in February 2011 in Brussels. This meeting provided an opportunity to reinvigorate the EU-Russia relationship and to demonstrate a shared interest in tackling common concerns through open dialogue. The visit allowed the further advancement of bilateral cooperation in areas under Commission responsibility.

Read the Statement by President Barroso.

Source: Maria Balashova, Russian National Contact Point on Biotechnology