INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
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Attaining the Future: Strategy 2012 Presented in Brussels

May 19, 2011

Members of INSOR's Management Board where in Brussels on May 4 for a presentation of the institute's report Attaining the Future: Strategy 2012 at the initiative of the Moscow and Brussels offices of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The presentation took place in the form of a roundtable discussion with the participation of deputies from the European Parliament, representatives of research centers focusing on Russia-EU relations as well as representatives of European foundations. Among the participants from the Russian side was Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s representative to the European Union and NATO.

Following welcoming remarks by Andrae Gaerber, director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s office in Brussels, and by Reinhard Krumm, head of the organization’s Moscow office, Igor Yurgens spoke about INSOR and the idea behind its recent report. One of the main aims of the report, according to Yurgens, is to formulate a program of transformations for the future president. He also emphasized that Russia is part of the Eurasian civilization and in the future will play a positive role in Europe’s development.

Also participating at the roundtable, Evgeny Gontmakher noted that there are several paths for the future development of Russia. If the path of inertial development is chosen, the consequences will be irreversible, he warned, and Russia will be cast aside to the peripheral zone of civilized development. This is why the authors of the report are proponents of implementing modernization and also decentralizing power.

The roundtable concluded with remarks by Knut Fleckenstein, a member of the European Parliament and chairman of the European Parliament delegation in the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. Fleckenstein highly appraised the report and noted the need to further continue and develop cooperation between the EU and Russia.