In November 2015, a working group was formed in Berlin that started to work on a concrete concept for a common economic space from Vladivostok to Lisbon.
The working group is based on five associations, the Eastern Committee of the German Economy, German-Russian Forum, German-Russian Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany and the Raw Materials Forum.
The working group so far comprises participants from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and other countries. Its aim is to have members from all countries between the Atlantic and the Pacific. The group is working on concepts how the European Union (EU) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) could cooperate, considering also all countries in between. It asks the Commissions of the two unions to initiate talks on such cooperation.
Very soon a position paper with concrete proposals was worked out. This Memorandum was presented to the public at the east forum Berlin 2017, with the possibility for all participants to sign it. It is the result of the efforts of the working group on the common economic space. Its authors are inviting all citizens from Lisbon to Vladivostok to support the content by signing this memorandum.
The task forces
Three task forces are currently putting the working group’s ideas on paper. They focus on the following topics:
- customs procedures simplification,
- technical regulation,
- visa simplification
Other task-forces are planned, potentially on the following topics:
- energy markets
If you have an idea for a task force which you consider important and would lead the work on, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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