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Trilateral Commission Convenes European Meeting in Krakow

October 31, 2013

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens took part in the European Conference of the Trilateral Commission in Krakow October 25-27. The Trilateral Commission is an international organization comprised of politicians, bankers, entrepreneurs and former statesmen of the ‘Greater West’ which has provided consultations to participating countries for over 40 years now.

The conference opened with a speech by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski that was steeped in patriotism and highlighted Poland’s leadership in Central and Eastern Europe and the need for the speed integration of member states of the Eastern Partnership with EU structures. The lion’s share of the time was devoted to the transformations of the EU in light of upcoming major changes in the leadership structure of the union, the European parliamentary elections and need for further management reforms. A working group of the commission headed by Jean-Claude Trichet (former head of the European Central Bank) prepared a report for the conference participants on the future of the European Union (see here).

The second day of the conference was devoted to the expected signing by Ukraine of an association agreement with the European Union. Speakers of the session included Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Leonid Kozhara, Supreme Rada Deputy Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski and former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.

The speeches were similar in tonality: Ukraine has no alternative to European integration and the only remain issue is the release of Yulia Tymoshenko, which must be resolved in three weeks’ time.

The final session of the conference was dedicated to the relations of the countries of the Trilateral Commission with Russia. INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens made a presentation on this topic. Upon conclusion of the discussion, a decision was made to compile a Trilateral Commission report devoted to relations with Russia coauthored by four groups: from Russia (coordinated by Igor Yurgens), from North America (former US Under Secretary of State Paula Dobriansky), from Europe (former Polish Foreign Minister Andrzej Olechowski) and from Asia (Keitaro Sato, former Special Envoy to the United Nations from Japan).

The final text of the report will be presented at Trilateral Commission’s summit in Washington on April 25, 2014. Following its adoption by the commission, it will be published and distributed through diplomatic channels.