Moscow, 30 September 2005. On Monday October 3rd, the 7th Meeting of the EU-Russian Industrialists' Round Table* will be held in London. The Meeting will be co-chaired by Stora Enso's CEO Jukka Harmala and Chairman of the Management Board of RAO "UES of Russia" Anatoly Chubais. The Round Table meeting will be held within the framework of the EU-Russia Summit.
The Round Table will be attended by over 400 leading industrialists from Russia and the European Union, and official delegates of the Governments of the Russian Federation and the EU, including Minister of Industry and Energy of Russia Victor Khristenko, Vice President of EC Gunter Verheugen, EBRD President Jean Lemieere, and some other officials.
The agenda of the Round Table includes the discussion of interaction between the business community and authorities for the purpose of development of the EU-Russia Common Economic Space, creation of conditions for foreign investments in Russia's economy, and further development of business cooperation in energy, finance, telecommunications, and other sectors.
During the Round Table, Working Groups sessions will be held on energy, finance, IT and telecommunications, transport, construction, and forest industries.
The practical recommendations prepared by the Round Table regarding the most pressing issues of developing and strengthening the bilateral economic relations will be handed over to the participants of the EU-Russia Summit, which will be held the next day, October 4th.
The EU-Russia Industrialistsĺ Round Table (IRT) is a business-driven process, endorsed by the EU-Russia Summit in July 1997. Its main objective is to provide a permanent forum for businesspeople to present joint recommendations to the European Commission and the Russian government with regard to business and investment conditions in Russia and the EU, and promotion of industrial co-operation.