The theme of the forum: "The global economic crisis of the coronavirus - political and social consequences"

"In the post-Covid era, isolation for quarantine reasons intensifies isolation for political reasons.
There are few topics left for dialogue...
That is why bilateral contacts play
a particularly important role."

EVGENY PRIMAKOV

Head of Rossotrudnichestvo

PROGRAMME
OF THE FORUM IN 2021

On 26 May 2021, the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian House in Brussels organise the 3rd International Expert Forum "European Meridian XXI", in collaboration with the magazine "Russia in Global Affairs" and the Russian International Affairs Council.

In 2021, we will talk about the social and political consequences of humanity's new challenge - the Coronavirus crisis.

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Introduction

14:00

Welcome speech

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Session /1

14:30

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Post-pandemic. The digitalization 
of social relations and international social initiatives

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Session /2

16:00

Exiting the pandemic: further scenarios for the development of relations between Russia and the European Union

Working language of the Forum: English, Russian simultaneous interpretation

Welcome Speech:

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Alexander Tokovinin

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgium

Clare Daly

European parliament

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Dmitry Polikanov

Rossotrudnichestvo

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Alexey Gromyko

The Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Panel session /1 is attended by:

The pandemic has also made great strides in the digitalization of social and political life. On the eve of and especially at the height of the sanitary crisis, communication has become a powerful socio-political factor, and those who control it and have the ability to gather information have gained enormous power. The technological giants are the operators of this space. 

 

On the eve and, especially, during the height of the sanitary crisis, communications turned into a powerful socio-political factor, and those who control them and have the ability to collect information have gained tremendous power. What line will the EU countries and Russia strive to develop in the face of global communication challenges? What social initiatives to overcome the consequences of the pandemic are generated in civil societies?

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Fyodor Lukyanov

"Россия в глобальной политике"

  Moderator   

Thierry Monforti

College of Europe

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Marc Franco

Egmont Institute

Gianluca Sgueo

Brussels School of Governance

The pandemic has hit developed countries hardest, exacerbating political and economic divisions. Globalization processes have slowed down, while the role of nation-states has returned to the fore.

The second-panel session of the Forum will feature a presentation of the EU-Russia Expert Network (EUREN) joint report “Alternative futures of EU-Russia relations in 2030” by Ivan TIMOFEEV, Program Director, Russian International Affairs Council (Russia), and Sabine FISCHER, Head of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Science and Policy Foundation (SWP, Berlin).

How will Russia and Europe cope with the new challenges and overcome the global economic crisis?

Panel session /2 is attended by:

Steven Blockmans

CEPS

  Moderator   

Kirill Logvinov

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU

Ivan Timofeev

Russian International Affairs Council

Sabine Fischer

German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Olga Potemkina

The Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Participants of the 2021 Forum:

 

"If we were to describe the current situation in one word, it would be "fragility"... Two million people have died and we face the worst economic crisis of the last hundred years. We see it in the inequalities between people and countries."

António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

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Dmitry Polikanov

Rossotrudnichestvo

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Alexey Gromyko

The Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Gianluca Sgueo

Brussels School of Governance

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Kirill Logvinov

Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU