Ambassador meets with the director and staff of the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies
April 4. Ambassador Mark Entin and his wife visited the Luxembourg Institute for European and International Studies, and met with its director and staff. Ambassador began the conversation by saying that the institute is well known in Russia. It enjoys authority. Its articles are widely known. The Institute is perceived to some extent as the visit card of the Grand Duchy, along with the rapidly growing University of Luxembourg and popular Pierre Werner Institute. The Ambassador stressed that Russia would be happy to continue the old tradition of cooperation with Armand Clesse.
Part of the conversation was devoted to the discussion of concrete joint projects. In June in Belgrade the Institute organizes a conference devoted to the development on the post-Yugoslavian territory, with the participation of Russian experts. Scheduled for October is conference on partnership between Russia and the European Union and its Member States. The Russian cultural and scientific centre in Luxembourg will take a direct part in its preparation and conduct.
The lion’s share of time was devoted by the Ambassador to the trainees and graduates, passing the practice at the Institute. Traditionally these are young men and women not only of the EU states, but also from other countries who conduct research here. Ambassador told about the main directions of Russia’s policy in relation to Luxembourg and the EU and answered numerous questions. Especially nice was the fact that the question and answer session quickly turned into a lively discussion on the issues that primarily concern the European public. Among them — the eurozone crisis, a package of financial aid to Cyprus, changes in the global architecture, protection of national minorities, and many others.
In conclusion, Ambassador promised to always respond to the invitation of the Institute and to continue the discussion with staff and trainees on current issues of the global agenda.