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On October 12, 2012 the Russian Ministry for Economic Development (MED) hosted the conference devoted to the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation.

In the framework of the plenary chaired by the Russian Minister for Economic Development Andrey Beloussov and during panels the conference delegates discussed up-to-date results of the Partnership for Modernisation progress, pilot projects stimulating modernization and long-term strategic perspectives of sectoral dialogues.

Director of the MED Europe Department Elena Danilova, Ambassador of the Delegation of the EU to Russia Fernando Valenzuela, EU Coordinator for the Partnership and Director of the European External Action Service Gunnar Wiegand, Head of DG Trade Unit at the European Commission Luc Devigne, representatives of EU-Russia sectoral dialogues, business community and EU member-states joined the conference on October 12.

The panel focusing on regulatory environment and its impact on trade and investment in Russia was moderated by Vladimir Ovcharov, Chairman of the Product Conformity Asssessment Committee at the Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation (AEB) and Head of Product Certification and Verification at SGS Vostok Limited, the Russian subsidiary of the SGS Group. In his speech V. Ovcharov mentioned the difficulties faced by investors in the Russian market in terms of permissive procedures. He also emphasized the necessity of correct communication of Russian legal requirements to foreign market players.

The EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation was launched in June 2010 in the framework of the Russia-EU Summmit in Rostov-on-Don. The aim of the Partnership is to help modernize Russia’s economy and adapt the whole complex of Russian-European relations in accordance with the experience of the existing dialogue instruments of "sectoral" Russia-EU cooperation.

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