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A new eastern dimension? – Federal Foreign Office to host Annual Conference of the German-Russian Forum

24.09.2010 - Press release

The role of Germany, Poland and Russia in shaping the policy of the European Union towards its eastern neighbours is to be examined at a conference organized by the German-Russian Forum in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Foundation, to take place in the Federal Foreign Office from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on 29 September.

Member of the Bundestag Dr Andreas Schockenhoff, the Coordinator of German-Russian Intersocietal Cooperation, will discuss the future of the European-Russian modernization partnership with the Chairmen of the Russian Duma and Polish Sejm’s Committees on Foreign Affairs. The Conference will be opened by Vladimir Grinin, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Germany, and Marek Prawda, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Germany, among others.

Further experts from Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Germany (including Rainer Lindner, Executive Director of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and Dr Patricia Flor, Foreign Office Deputy Director-General responsible for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia) will talk to members and guests of the German-Russian Forum about the potential and limitations of the eastern partnership and the role of Polish-Russian relations as a possible source of inspiration for the EU’s eastern dimension.

The event is open to the press.

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