The results of the round table "Lobbying and decision-making in Russia and the European Union: exchange of experience."


December 12, 2010 at the initiative of Consulting Agency "Rumyantsev and partners" a round table on "Lobbying and decision-making in Russia and the European Union: exchange of experience" was held in Paris in the framework of the State Duma’s program "European Club" and with the support of companies ESL & Networks (France).

The Roundtable was attended by more than 60 experts - representatives of public, nonprofit and commercial organizations, members of national business associations, GR-managers and business leaders from Russia, France, Belgium, Switzerland, politicians and government representatives from Russia and their counterparts from France and other European Union countries.

Andrey Klimov, the Deputy Chairman of State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the "European Club", and Thierry Mariani, the Secretary of State for Transport of France, addressed to the participants of the Roundtable.

More than 20 experts in the field of lobbying and relations with state authorities took part in the discussion and made reports on the three key themes:

  • The practice of lobbying and interaction between business and government in the European Union in light of the "exchange" with Russia;
  • Representation of European companies’ interests in Russia and Russian companies’ in the European Union: tools, problems and prospects
  • The civilized lobbying in Russia: experience and prospects. The path to self-regulation of GR-professional community

At the end of the Round Table participants released a Communiqué, which stated that the formation in Russia of civilized mechanisms for constructive interaction with public authorities at all levels with the experience of the EU will have a positive impact on improving governance, transparency of decision-making processes and would contribute to the country's modernization and development of partnership with foreign countries, conduce to an efficient market economy in Russia.

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