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The Association of European Businesses represents and promotes the interests of European companies conducting business in and with the Russian Federation.

The AEB carries out activities to improve the Russian business and trade environment and to promote economic integration and partnership between the Russian Federation and the European Union.

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On 27 January 2015, the AEB North-Western Regional Committee has organized an open event on Economic-financial outlook: challenges and perspectives for 2015”. The briefing was hosted by the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg. The AEB NWRC members had the privilege to hear Peter Tabak, Lead Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and Vladimir Miklashevsky, Helsinki based Economist, Danske Bank, provide their view on current economic situation in Russia, RUB Foreign Exchange Edge and perspectives for the Year of 2015. About 95 participants from AEB member companies and St. Petersburg based consulates were present at the event. The event was followed by networking session.

L—R: Vladimir Miklashevsky, Helsinki based Economist, Danske Bank; Peter Tabak, Lead Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); Timo Mikkonen, Chairman  of the AEB North-Western Regional Committee.

“Economic-financial outlook: challenges and perspectives for 2015”.
On January 22, 2015, the Association of European Businesses held its Strategy Meeting 2015, where Board members, CNR representatives, the Committee Chairmen, several honoured guests, AEB CEO and the staff met at the AEB premises to discuss and define the committee’s main targets and initiatives for 2015.
AEB Strategy meeting 2015
On 15 January 2015, the Automobile Manufacturers’ Committee of the Association of European Businesses held its VIII Annual Press Conference «REVIEW 2014».

The event took place at the Radisson Royal (Ukraine) Hotel in Moscow.

Main speakers at the Conference were Dr. Frank Schauff, AEB CEO and Joerg Schreiber, AEB AMC Chairman (Mazda Motor Rus LLC). At the Press Conference, the sales results of the Russian automotive market in 2014 and prospects for 2015 were presented. Sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia in December 2014 increased by 2.4% as compared with the results of December 2013. Annual sales of new passenger cars and LCVs in Russia in December decreased by 10.3% as compared with the year 2013. 

The AMC Chairman, Joerg Schreiber announced the AMC forecast for 2015:
“2014 ended with a strong finish, but with a cumulative volume loss of 10% remains a disappointing year for the Russian car market. In the face of the looming recession, expectations for 2015 are even lower: Our forecast for the total market of PC and LCV next year is 1.89 million units, equivalent to a 24% contraction of the market on a year-on-year basis.” 

At the Press Conference the main issues on the AMC Agenda were featured. CEOs and representatives of major automotive companies participated at the Press Conference. The representatives of leading Media were present and showed huge interest in the event. A series of individual interviews with the speakers and individual brands’ representatives were organized after the event.

AEB would like to express gratitude to the sponsors of the Annual AMC Press Conference for their invaluable support for organizing the event: Total Vostok (platinum sponsor); Cesar Sattelite, Continental and Raiffeisen-Leasing (silver sponsors).
VIII Annual Press Conference “REVIEW 2014”
On 11 January 2015 the AEB Chairman Philippe Pegorier participated with the French Ambassador Jean Maurice Ripert in the “Peaceful walk” for the victims of the terrorist attack in France of January 7 – 9, 2015, organized in Moscow. 
The Association of European Businesses offers its deepest and most sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims, as well as to all the citizens of France. 
For those injured during this terrorist attack, we hope that they will recover soon.

"Peaceful walk” for the victims of the terrorist attack in France of January 7 – 9, 2015
Wishing all AEB members a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Wishing all AEB members a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!

On 19 December 2014, Customs, Transport & Logistics Subcommittee of the AEB North-Western Regional Committee’s organized a briefing “News of the customs legislation and practice” with Yuri Lyamkin, the first Deputy Head of the North-Western Customs Department on Customs Control, the Customs Service Major General.

During the briefing the following issues were discussed:

1. Categorization of participants of foreign trade: a practical approach FCS/SZTU.

2. AEO — enforcement practice in the region.

3.  Checking of the correctness of the declared customs value and the HS code — the practice of customs checks by the customs authorities of SZTU.

4. The use of information technology for customs declaration - current status and prospect

The representatives of the responsible SZTU structural units participated in the briefing and clarified corresponding issues.

Among the guests were the representatives of such companies as ANCOR, Ariston Thermo, Baker& McKenzie, BSH Group, Ford Sollers, Group SEB Vostok, Nissan, Philip Morris Sales and marketing, Port Hamburg Marketing, Roedl & Partner, RUSSIA CONSULTING, Stockamn ZAO, Translogix, Baltica-Trans, and other.

We would like to thank DLA Piper St. Petersburg for hosting the event.

L-R: Galina Kushner, SZTU; Mikhail Safronov, SZTU; Wilhelmina Shavshina, DLA Piper; Yuri Lyamkin, SZTU; Maxim Mamchur; Maria Yakovchik, SZTU.

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