Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

Conference: Overcoming Borders / The EU-Russia Dialogue on Visa Facilitation and Liberalization Report of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum


The aim of the forthcoming event is to promote visa facilitation and liberalization processbetween the EU and Russia. The discussion will be based on the Report but not exclusively.

The Report is written by six international experts who worked on behalf of CSF:

• Yuri Dzhibladze, Center for Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Moscow

• Oleg Korneev, Marie Curie Fellow, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield

• Aigulle Sembaeva, German-Russian Exchange, St. Petersburg

• Peter Van Elsuwege, European Institute of GhentUniversity, Ghent

• Vadim Voynikov, EU Centre, BalticFederalUniversity, Kaliningrad

• Joanna Fomina, Stefan Batory Foundation, Warsaw

The discussion on the Report is an attempt to meet both perspectives on visa facilitation and liberalization dialogue between EU and Russia: the first – from EU-Russia CSF perspective which has a clear policy towards visa facilitation and eventual abolition in order to intensify people-topeople contacts.

The second is the perspective of Russian and EU politicians and officials who are participating in the complex political negotiations and may present the wide range of chances and obstacles on the way to visa liberalization.We hope the meeting of these two perspectives can become one of the factors stimulating and strengthening the EU-Russia visa dialogue.


  • For the panel discussion we also invited Mr Aleksey V. Klimov, Deputy Head of the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
  • Mr. Vygaudas Ušackas, Head of EU Delegation in Russia
  • Yuri Dzhibladze, President of the Center for Development of Democracy and Human Rights, Moscow,
  • Jakub Benedyczak, Stefan-Batory Foundation, Head of the Project Visa-free Europe Coalition, Warsaw.

Registration and Contacts:

We kindly ask you to register for the participation in the event in advance, due to the limited number of seats, via (indicating your name and surname, the name of the organisation, and your contact information – phone number or e-mail).

We look forward to welcoming you to Moscow and to your active participation in open dialogue discussion. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Yuri Dzhibladze, Center for Development of Democracy and Human Rights, member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum:, tеl. +7 (916) 673-51-53

Jakub Benedyczak, Head of the Project Visa-free Europe Coalition:, tel.+48 22 22 53 60 204

Kristina Smolijaninovaite, project coordinator for the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum:, tel. +49 151 5813 4849

Where: Moscow at The Higher School of Economics (Мyasnitskaya 20)

When: 05 November 2013 06:00 PM

Project funded by the European UnionEU