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.



The Memorandum

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:

  • digitalization
  • 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.




Ulf Schneider

Ritterstrasse 2B
10969 Berlin


The working group holds regular meetings and its members participate in different events between Vladivostok and Lisbon.

The 8th session will be hold at the premises of the Eurasian Economic Union in Moscow on February 15th, 2018.

On June 9th 2017, Ulf Schneider presented the working group to the Central-European initiative of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Representatives of 13 countries lively discussed the participation of their countries in a joint effort for cooperation in the economic space from Vladivostok to Lisbon.

The vice-President of the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Dr. Volker Treier also explained his view of the new normal of trade policies in Trump times.

The meeting was a successful introduction of our initiative to more countries in Central Europe and will be followed up with bilateral meetings in the countries.


On April 6th, directly after the east forum berlin organized by the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, the working group gathered in Berlin. Prof Andreas Steininger (Ostinstitut Wismar) and Prof. Dr. Marian Paschke (University of Hamburg) discussed similarities and differences between the European Union and the Eurasian Union organizational and legal set-up. The Ambassador of Belarus to the Federal Republic of Germany, Denis Sidorenko, stressed the potential of improved Belorussian-German relations.


If you are interested to participate in a meeting of the working group, do not hesitate to contact us!