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Seminar of the European School EU Study Weeks

Date of material placement: 18-02-2013, 14:07.

Winter seminar of the European School EU Study Weeks took place on February 8-10, 2013 in Volgograd. The European schools are annual educational seminars which are held for active, creative, successful students and postgraduate students who know English well and are interested in international relations. The best Russian and European experts take part in the project of the European schools. They propose their own points of view regarding relations between Russiaand Europe, integration processes in the European Union (EU), Russia’s perspectives in economy, international relations and education.

North-Caucasus Federal Universitywas represented by the second-year postgraduate student, Julia Rybina and the fifth-year student of Institute of Economics and Management, Anastasia Logvinova. On February 8 the grand opening of the first European school in 2013 took place in " Olympia” country club near Volgograd. The Head of Press and Information Department of the European Union representative office in Russia, Andrei Kasyanenko spoke to 30 lucky people from different cities of Southern Federal District and North-Caucasus Federal District, who were selected to participate in the seminar. He thanked all participants for coming and expressed confidence that the meeting would be efficient. Then the floor was given to the Manager of Press and Information Department of the European Union representative office in Russia, Soren Liborius, who presented report on the theme "Why the Nobel peace prize for EU is the good news for Russia”. According to Soren Liborius " Europe deserves the Nobel peace prize for one of the best institutions of human rights protection in the world”. The concept of the seminar presupposed bilingual communication. That is why some participants spoke in English, but discussion of reports was both in Russian and English. It was a good practice of vivid communication in the foreign language for all participants of the seminar. On the first day Enrique Baron Crespo, the former President of the European Parliament, current President of the European Foundation of Information Society expressed his point of view on the current situation of the European Union and its perspectives. The Head of Educational Programmes of the European Union representative office in Russia, Nicola Scaramuzzo introduced EU scholarship programmes, particularly Erasmus Mundus programme, to the participants of the seminar.

The second day was the most informative. The Head of Division of Economic Department of Institute of Energetics and Finance ( Moscow), Sergei Agibalov presented report on Euro crisis and perspectives of economic cooperation. He presented the latest data on state of economy and social sphere in EU countries. Oleg Korneyev’s report was the most interesting (holder of grant named after Jean Monnet, European Institute of Florence, Italy): "Migration regulation relations between EU and Russia”. Oleg Korneyev told us about the most important milestones on the way to migration regulation legislation of EU countries, main aspects of migration policy of the European Union, described the current situation of negotiations between Russia and EU on visa-free regime. All this information was very useful for participants of the seminar during business game – simulation of negotiations between Russia and EU on visa issues. Under the terms of the game some participants were representatives of the European Commission, others – officers of the Russian Federationauthorized to negotiate with the European Commission, the rest part expressed points of view of EU member states. The business game was dynamic and successful. It showed how diplomatic negotiations were difficult and different. As a result of the game Soren Liborius and Oleg Korneyev made some comments taking into account real negotiations of such level.

It should be noted that on the second day participants of the seminar did not only work hard but also had a rest – Management of the European School arranged Volgograd tour: we went to Mamayev Kurgan, went around the downtown and visited the most important monuments of Alley of Heroes.

Discussion of relations between EU and Russiacontinued on the third day of the seminar. Unfortunately, Professor of Finance and Management of University of Cyprus, Stavros Zenios, was not able to come due to thick fog in Volgograd. However the organizers of the seminar promised to send materials of his report to participants’ e-mail addresses. The winter seminar of the European Schoolended with filling in assessment questionnaires and awarding of distinguished participants.

Time went quickly. Lectures and discussions enlarged our knowledge about cooperation of the European Union and Russia. 

Anastasia Logvinova

Fifth-year, Institute of Economics and Management

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