1.Development of the EU Study Week Programme and carrying out of the event 5
2. Interactive activity 7
3. Selection and invitation of student participants 7
4. Social events 9
5. Dissemination 10
6. Logistics 10
7. Follow-up of the EU Study Week in Novosibirsk 11
8. Evaluation 11
9. Recommendations for the next school 13
ANNEX A. Programme of the EU Study Week in Kaliningrad 14
ANNEX B. Pre-School Questionnaire 19
ANNEX C. The list of the participants. 28
ANNEX D. Post-School Questionnaire 30
ANNEX E. Summary of the evaluation form 32
ANNEX F. Individual evaluation forms 33
Description of the event held
The EU Study Week in Kaliningrad was held on October, 21-23rd, 2010 in the resort “Rauschen” located 40 km from the city 31 students and post-graduates from Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad region and also from four cities of the Volga and Siberian Federal Districts took part in the event. The EU Study Week in Kaliningrad was the last of the three-day-long seminars of the 2010 season.
The peculiarity of the EU Study Week in Kaliningrad was due to a very special location for the seminar – the Russian exclave in the middle of Europe, renowned for the social activity of its citizens, political sensitivity to key problems in Russia-EU relations (visas, transit, regional development), high awareness of the state of the bilateral cooperation. Therefore, the Contractor was particularly interested in keeping up the intellectual level achieved at previous EU Study Weeks and ensuring the relevance of the discussion topics. In this purpose the scope of discussion was broadened by introducing new topics (regional development, influence of European law on the Russian judicial system) and inviting distinguished European experts from European countries (Poland and Belgium).
As was the case in Novosibirsk, the Contractor assumed full responsibility for the selection of experts. The net of professionals acquainted with the project was further enlarged, and so was the list of speakers available for forthcoming EU Study Weeks.
The location factor at the same time accounted for a narrow regional representation of participants of the EU Study Week due to logistics difficulties (transit and visas, expensive costs of transportation of participants from other regions). The majority of students represented Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad region. However, to compensate for this bias, a decision was taken to invite five instead of three (assigned by the contract) best students from previous EU Study Weeks. Two European students (Poland) also attended the EU Study Week in Kaliningrad.
The timing of the EU Study Week in Kaliningrad was synchronized with the 6th EU Film Festival in Kaliningrad organized and supported by the EU Delegation to Russia. However, these two events were held separately. The Film Festival provided for the possibility of social and cultural activities, which have become an integral part of each EU Study Week programme.
Most of the lessons drawn from previous events in Kazan, Rostov-on-Don and Novosibirsk were taken into account this time. Due to a better time management (the final dates were set six weeks before the event, the Contractor started the selection process in the end of August) the Contractor had a better and wider choice of venue places and was able to ensure a better catering and living conditions. The number of interactive presentations was upheld at the previously achieved level. In total three out of eight presentations were interactive. Speakers were encouraged beforehand to use interactive facilities, and six of them made full use of this possibility.
In Kaliningrad an important amount of time was given to discussions and debates. The moderator held a special session allowing participants to make short presentations on the previous EU Study Weeks in order to contribute to team-building. The presentations were organized under key “umbrella” topics (for instance, regional aspects of the economic crisis in Europe and Russia. Russian-EU cooperation in foreign policy and economy). That allowed to study the topics in depth and get at least two different approaches from the speakers.
In order to ensure a higher educational level of the participants, the Contractor established close contacts with the EU Information Centre of the I. Kant State University that was very helpful in disseminating information about the EU Study Week among students and drawing attention to the event.
Development of the EU Study Week Programme and carrying out of the event
The EU Study Week in Kaliningrad was featured by a high quality of presentations and profile of the speakers. It has become a good tradition to welcome the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, Ambassador Fernando M. Valenzuela as a keynote speaker of the event. In Kaliningrad Ambassador Valenzuela delivered a lecture on the potential of ambitions in bilateral EU-Russia relations in 2010. The EU Delegation to Russia was also represented by an official from the Political Section and by the Head of Press and Information Section.
The EU Study Week in Kaliningrad was attended by representatives of the Kaliningrad regional Duma (Mr. Boris Batalin, Head of the Committee for international and interregional relations of the Kaliningrad regional Duma) and the Government of the Kaliningrad Region (Ms. Alla Ivanova, Deputy head of the Agency for external trade and international relations of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region), who gave welcome address to the participants and took part in the discussion around the lecture of Ambassador Valenzuela.
The EU Study Week in Kaliningrad hosted a number of distinguished speakers with the highest level of expertise such as Sergey Aleksashenko, Director for macroeconomic studies of the Higher School of Economics, in 1995-1998 first deputy president of the Central Bank of Russia; Valery Zubov, Deputee of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Governor of the Krasnoyarsk region in 1993-1998; Grzegorz Gorzelak, Director of the Centre for European Regional and Local Studies of the University of Warsaw.
As required by the project Terms of References, the speakers for this seminar represented academic and business community (The Higher School of Economics, Moscow State Law Academy, The University of Warsaw, “Aeroflot” JSC), state institutions (The State Duma). Noteworthy, that some of the speakers combine several identities and sometimes prefer to speak in their personal capacity. Detailed information can be found in the programme of the event.
However, the decision to extend the community of experts by inviting prominent European experts based outside Russia was attended with some difficulties, mostly because of the necessity to obtain visas to enter the Russian Federation. Several foreign experts, who had expressed their intention to lecture at the EU Study Week, were forced to quit the idea because of a protracted period of the visa obtention.
At the same time the Contractor received a number of rejections from prominent both Russian and European experts and analysts due to a short notice. This fact, far from being discouraging, given that the experts are considered among best scholars in their relevant areas of expertise, argues for an earlier start of the preparation for the EU Study Week.
A wide range of themes was outlined for the EU Study Week in Kaliningrad. Four major topics were proposed for the event: the state of the Russian–EU relations; regional and local policy in the EU; cooperation in foreign policy; the outcomes of the economic crisis both in Russia and the EU. The regional component was embedded in panels on the regional strategies of economic recovery from 2008-2010 economic crisis in Eastern Europe (immediate neighbours of the Kaliningrad region) and Russia. This topic was thoroughly developed by Valery Zubov and Grzegorz Gorzelak. The EU study week agenda also assured lectures on highly relevant and pending questions such as the cooperation of Russia and the EU in foreign affairs in regard to recent political developments in Central Asia.
The programme offered three lectures a day (including interactive sessions). The work was organized in form of panels, each comprising two or three lectures and questions and answers sessions. During the first day the participants studied the problems of Russia-EU relations, of the influence of the EU law on the Russian law system. This panel included three lectures by Ambassador Fernando M. Valenzuela (EU-Russia: potential for ambitions), by Paul Kalinichenko (Europeanization of the Russian law system) and by Sergey Aleksashenko (The economic crisis as the first test for the European financial system: what next?)
The discussion on the second day was dedicated to the issues of different forms of intolerance in Europe and the cooperation between Russia and the EU in foreign policy (lectures by Denis Daniilidis, “Xenophobia in Europe: a new demography and ghosts of the past”; Kevin Tait, “Russia and Europe: rethinking cooperation in foreign policy”; Ekaterina Kuznetsova, “Partnership for modernization: evident and improbable”).
The detailed programme can be found in Annex A to the Report.