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On 20 and 21 December 2012 in Brussels the European Union and the Russian Federation held their 30th bilateral summit. The EU was represented by President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, along with European Commissioners Günther Oettinger (Energy) and Karel De Gucht (Trade), also took part. Russia was represented by President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Minister for Energy Alexander Novak and Minister for the Economy Andrei Belousov. The agenda included work on the New EU-Russia Agreement; the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation, trade issues, energy cooperation; visa issues and mobility, aviation, crisis management and civil protection cooperation, human rights and the rule of law.
On 10 December 2012 in Oslo José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and Martin Schulz, President if the European Parliament, received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the EU institutions.
On 22-24 November 2012 in Moscow the last EU Study Week took place. Thirty students and post graduates from Moscow, Kaluga, Yaroslavl and Ryzan participated in it. Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Russia officially opened the school. The discussions were focused on the following topics: Russia in WTO, EU energy policy, partnership for modernization, euro crisis and its consequences for Russia. Head of P&I Section gave an interactive lecture on EU Nobel prize award. There was also a presentation of Eramus Mundus programmes.
On 16 November 2012 VII plenary meeting "Dialogue Russia-EU of financial and macroeconomic policy" took place in Moscow. The EU was represented by Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for internal market and services. From the Russian side there were Anton Siluanov, Minister of finance of the Russian Federation, and Sergey Ignatiev, Chairman of Central Bank of Russia.
On 08-10 November 2012 the 35th Education and Career Fair took place in Moscow. The programme included scholarship presentations, consultations at the stand of EU Delegation to Russia, and lotteries from the youth portal “Europulse”. As usual, visitors could get their sample of Erasmus Mundus brochure or European scholarship guidebook.
On 07 November 2012 in St Petersburg State University Head of Press and Information Section read a public lecture “EU Nobel Prize – good news for Russia”. The lecture focused on EU-Russia relations, especially its practical effects on our every-day life. The enlarged EU has spread security, stability and prosperity and Russia and her citizens benefit directly from this. But there is potential for much more cooperation. The lecture was an interactive session with many questions and remarks from students.
On 19 October - 04 Nivember in Kaliningrad the 8th EU Film festival took place. It was organised by the EU Delegation to Russia in cooperation with EU-MS embassies, consulates and cultural centres. Love theme goes through all the films in the festival. The programme included more than 50 feature films, documentaries as well as animation from 23 European countries. It’s worth mentioning 7 programmes of unique puppet animation from Estonia and ”The Week of the French Cinema” that took place simultaneously in many Russian cities. The honoured guests of the festival were the actor Armin Muler-Shtaal, the director Vladislav Karamfilov, the dicrector Dali Rust, the director Ivar Seleskis.
On 12-14 October 2012 an international youth festival “Europe Days” took place in Kaluga for the first time. It was organised by the Government of Kaluga Region in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Russia and EU-MS embassies. The programme included the debate “I want to live in the open society!”, a gastronomic show, a gala-concert, walking tours “Kaluga-Europe”, EU film festival, language classes, a number of exhibitions and kids’ contests, and a charity event EURO 2012.
On 12 October 2012 in the Ministry of the Economic Development there took place a conference on “Partnership for Modernization”. It brought together Russian and European officials, as well as business representatives. They discussed investment and trade questions, cooperation in the area of rule of law and SME support.
On 21-22 September the 5th youth festival “Europe Days” took place in St Petersburg. This year the programme included the debates “To be a citizen?”, a gala concert “Contemporary music of Cyprus” organized together with the Consulate General of Cyprus, a bicycle parade, open door activities in the consulates general, European Fair, language classes, a kids’ corner with sports activities, food court Café Europe and a quest in the State Hermitage Museum. As usual the festival was closed by the prize award ceremony.
On 29 June in Moscow EU Delegation to Russia organised a pre-departure orientation meeting for Russian students who will be studying in Europe within the framework of Erasmus Mundus Masters and PhD students.
On 3-4 June in St Petersburg the 29th EU–Russia Summit took place. The European Union was represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The delegation of Russia was led by President Vladimir Putin.
Discussions were focused on bilateral relations such as the ratification of Russia’s WTO accession, Eurozone crisis, energy cooperation, visa and mobility issues, the situation regarding human rights and the rule of law in Russia.
On 17-19 May in Rostov-on-Don Europe Day took place for the third time. It’s an international festival that unites Europe and Russia by series of various events. Traditionally, the programme included debates, education fair, language classes, exhibitions, EU film festival, food show and contests. There was also a special programme for kids and a gala-concert for music-lovers. Active guests could take part in the bicycle ride.
On 26 April the Centre of Contemporary Art WinZavod opened an international exhibition of social comics RESPECT. The project, which is co-funded by the European Union, is organized by the International Comics Festival KomMissia in partnership with the Goethe-Institute Moscow, Yekaterinburg branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and WinZavod. The main objective of this cultural initiative is to facilitate and develop ties between comic art communities in Russia and Europe, as well as to promote the genre of social comics that allows talking with young people about human rights by means of interesting and understandable language. The artists came for the opening of the exhibition to personally present their works and to hold workshops in comic arts on 29 April 2012.
More info: http://www.respect.com.mx/
On 19 April in ARTPLAY design center there was a discussion on the promotion of art goods in the market in the framework of Art in Action Forum. Next day the projects workshop presented current and economically-effective models of projects in the sphere of art business. On the practical part of the Forum, there was a presentation of the new concept of a new museum souvenir (EU-funded project “Museum token”).
“Art in Action” – is an annual professional forum, which unites expert knowledge and practical experience of realisation of art projects. The Association of culture managers is the main initiator of the Forum.
More info: www.amcult.ru
On Saturday, 31 March, in Moscow in Luzhniki Olympic Stadium there was a football match between Spartak (Moscow) and Zenit (St Petersburg) in the framework of Match Day against Hunger. The info campaign "Professional football against hunger" took place at hundreds of stadiums in Europe last weekend. This year the campaign focuses of the looming food crisis in the Sahel region of Africa where five countries have declared an emergency and called for international assistance. Fernando M. Valenzuela, Head of EU Delegation to Russia, attended the match and also met 30 kids from the orphanage under Smolensk in the framework of “League of kind hearts” action.
Website of the campaign: www.endinghunger.org
On 23-24 March in the capital of the Tatarstan Republic there took place Europe Day, an international festival that unites Europe and Russia by a series of various events. This year Europe Day in Kazan was the fourth one. Traditionally, the programme included debates, education fair, language classes, exhibitions, EU film festival, food show and contests. This year there was also a special programme for kids and a gala-concert for music-lovers.
On 15 March in Public Chamber of the Russian Federation there was an opening ceremony of the photo-exhibition “Disappearing masterpieces”. There also was a presentation of the EU-funded project aimed to preserve the unique heritage of the wooden architecture. The organisers are Commission on culture and preservation of historical-cultural heritage of the Public Chamber and "Support of wooden architecture monuments" Fund. You can see the exhibition in the fund, B. Drovyanoy per, 10/1.
More information on the project: http://www.woodenheritage.ru
The first in 2012 EU Study week took place in Samara from 23 25 February 2012. 30 students and graduates from universities of Samara and surrounding regions participated in it. The lectures and interactive sessions were devoted to such topics as EU-Russia relations, EU-Russia partnership for modernization, the political consequences of the crisis in Europe, the Russian society and the elections, European scholarships for Russian students.
From 19 till 26 February 2012 there took place an international theatre laboratory “Destroying borders: work with documents” in Sakharov Centre in Moscow. During the week, the participants worked on the sketches of performances. The used such documents as blogs, forums, press releases, interviews as playwright material. All the documents are about life of minorities. The festival took place in framework of the EU-funded project on the human rights. Our partners – Goethe Institute and Polish Culture Centre in Moscow.
The 28th EU–Russia Summit took place in Brussels on 15 December. The European Union was represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The delegation of Russia was led by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Discussions were focused on the global economy and global governance issues, EU Russia relations, in particular Russia's WTO accession, visa and mobility issues and modernisation, including the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation. International issues, including developments in North Africa and the Middle East, were on the agenda.
The 34th Education and Career Fair took place in Moscow on 30 November – 02 December. The Delegation of the European Union presented to the public their educational programmes in the EU countries. The visitors could talk to the students who had already studied in Europe, ask their questions and get a brochure on the European scholarships or Erasmus Mundus programme.
HR/VP Catherine Ashton came to Moscow on 17-18 November after her visit to South Caucasus. Together with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov she took part in the press conference following the 8th meeting of the EU-Russia Permanent Partnership Council. Next day she also had a meeting with Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy of Prime Minister of Russia.
Remarks by HR/VP Ashton: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/russia/press_corner/all_news/news/2011/20111118_en.htm
The final EU Study Weekend in 2011 took place on 21-23 October in Zelenogorsk, 50 km from St Petersburg. Thirty participants were drawn from different faculties of the universities of the North West of the Russian Federation. While the majority of the students came from Petrozavodsk and St. Petersburg, there were also participants from Archangelsk, Pskov, as well as 3 best students from the summer EU Study Week in Yekaterinburg. Among the issues discussed were the euro zone crisis; EU and modernization of Russia; energy dialogue; multiculturalism in Europe; 5 years of the Northern Dimension; education opportunities for Russian students.
VII EU Film Festival started on 21 October in Zarya cinema, an event which traditionally takes place in Kaliningrad in autumn. The festival is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Russia together with the EU Member States embassies, consulates general and cultural centres in co-operation with Zarya cinema. The Festival opened with a Finnish feature Le Havre that received the Prize for the best film at the Cannes Film festival and was selected as the Finish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Award. The festival presented some 50 pictures from 25 EU countries. Marco Martinis, a Portuguese film maker of great originality, participant of the Cannes Film Festivals and winner of eight international awards, and Gudrun Wassermann, a German artist and filmmaker, were special guests of the festival.
On 12-13 October the EU-Russia aviation summit took place in St. Petersburg. It aimed to enhance political, technical and industrial co-operation between Russia and the EU in the aviation sector. The summit, jointly organized by the European Commission and the Russian Ministry of Transport, was opened by Vice-President Siim Kallas, and Mr Igor Levitin, Minister for Transport of the Russian Federation. A parallel exhibition on EU and Russia aviation opportunities and co-operation was also organized.
On 23-24 September Europe Day took place for the fourth time in St Petersburg. The programme included traditional debates, open doors activities, language classes, a film showcase in Rodina, photo exhibitions and gastronomic festival, as well as such new components as a special programme for small inhabitants of St Petersburg and a bicycle ride that aimed to draw attention to the protection of environment and possibilities to use “green” transport in town.
On 07-08 July in EU Delegation to Russia Erasmus Mundus pre-departure orientation meeting for the newly selected Erasmus Mundus students took place. The students had a chance to get to know each other and listen to a number of presentations of the Study-in-Europe educational programmes. They also could talk to the students who had already experience of studying in Europe.
On 24-25 June Europe Day took place for the second time in Perm. This year Europe Day was part of a big cultural project “White nights in Perm” that lasted for the whole month and it included debates, free language classes, workshops and presentations, “Café Europe”, gastronomic show with master classes, short films festival, photo-exhibitions, a concert for the children from the local cancer centre, a presentation of the Square of Europe in Perm, to name a few.
On 10 June 2011 in Nizhny Novgorod the 27th EU–Russia Summit took place. Discussions were focused on the global economy and global governance issues; EU-Russia relations, in particular the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation; and Russia's WTO accession and the new EU-Russia Agreement currently under negotiation. International issues, including the developments in North Africa and the Middle East, were also high on the agenda.
On 20-21 May Europe Day took place for the second time in Rostov-on-Don. This event united the Russians and the Europeans thanks to the language of art, cinema, photography, dance, cuisine and many other spheres of contemporary life.
On 19-20 May EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, visited Moscow to discuss the EU-Russia cooperation on crisis management. During her visit to Russia, Commissioner Georgieva met Minister of Emergencies of Russia Sergey Shoigu and visited the civil protection and fire and rescue part of the International Safety and Security Exhibition (ISSE-2011), the demonstration field training at the Emercom Rescue Centre in Noginsk. She had meetings with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and international organizations, NGOs, think-tanks and academics active in the area of humanitarian aid.
On 26 March in Tatarstan Republic there took place Europe Day, a unique international festival that aims at drawing closer different regions of Russia and countries of the European Union through a dialogue on everyday life and acquaintance with European culture and actual tendencies. Europe Day is organized for the 3d time in Kazan. As in previous years it is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Russia in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Tatarstan Republic and the international department of Presidential Administration of Tatarstan Republic. A big programme was offered this time that included a film festival, open language classes, photo exhibitions, concerts, presentations of scholarships, public debates, etc. Education Fair “Study in Europe” took place in Kazan for the first time in the framework of Europe Day.
On 7 December in Brussels the 26th EU - Russia Summit took place. It was hosted by Mr Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and by Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Mrs Catherine Ashton, and Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht also attended the Summit. The Russian side was represented by President Dmitri Medvedev, accompanied by the Foreign Minister of Russia, Mr Sergey Lavrov.
From 22 October to 04 November in Kaliningrad the Sixth EU Film Festival took place in Kaliningrad. The film “Jo, tambien” (Spain), that made a European stir, opened the festival.
This year it showcased the world’s best features, national or European blockbusters, films awarded at Berlin and Cannes, by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, L’Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma and the European Film Academy, as well as an Oscar nominee.
Europe Day in St Petersburg took place on 25 September. This is an international youth festival organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Russia in cooperation with EU-MS consulates and cultural centres. This year more than 20 venues were involved in the celebrations. The guests \could participate in the debates on Internet and Freedom of Speech and in Open door activities of EU-MS consulates, they could visit photoexhibitions and attend the EU Film Festival at Rodina Cinema and the gastronomic show in Loft Project ETAZHI. As usual, Europe Day offered its public to participate in traditional My Europe contest. Its winners got their prizes during the closing ceremony.
On 01 September 2010 the official opening of a new building of European Studies Institute took place. Anatoly Torkunov, Rector of MGIMO, and Michael Webb, Chargé d’Affaire of the Delegation of the European Union to Russia took part in the opening. Minister Sergey Lavrov was also present at the ceremony.
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