About the AEB

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.


Following a well-established tradition, the AEB North-Western Regional Committee organized a World Bank briefing based on the World Bank’s “Russia Economic Report #31”. The briefing took place at the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg on 10 April 2014. Participants were able to listen to Birgit Hansl, Lead Economist, Country Sector Coordinator for the Russian Federation as well as Mikhail Matyushin.

This time, the Russia Economic Report #31 focused on:
• Recent Economic Developments;
• Socio-Economic Outlook;
• Economic Mobility and the Emergence of the Middle Class in Russia.

World Bank Briefing in St. Petersburg
On 10 April 2014, the AEB hold its Second Energy Efficiency Speed Dating organized by the AEB Energy Efficiency Committee. 

The following topics were raised at the event: 
- Save Energy?
- Increase your Quality of Energy? 
- Finance your Energy Efficient Investment? 
- Decrease your Operating Expenses? 
- Improve working conditions and increase life expectancy of your investments?
- Meet your “Green” objectives assigned by your shareholders, managers and / or customers? 

Within an innovative “straight to the point” 10 minutes format, our member companies introduced their solutions and ways to solve their Energy Efficiency burden. 

The participants of the event were connected to the leading Russia operating Western companies on Energy Efficiency from ESCO (financing) and project management to material and building suppliers.

The sponsor of the event was Bayer AG. 
Energy Efficiency Speed Dating
On 9 April 2014, AEB Customs and Transport Committee hold its 10th Annual Customs Conference “New in customs legislation: practice and procedure” in the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow. The conference covered the current changes to the customs legislation and practice, as well as hot customs topics such as customs risk management system, customs control on post released goods, administrative responsibility on violation of customs rules, customs benefits for foreign investors localizing manufacturing in Russia, TIR procedure in the Russian Federation and others. 

Frank Schauff, CEO of Association of European Businesses, made a speech on the Prospects of the European businesses point of view on customs legislation improvement; Dmitry V. Nekrasov, Head of Department on customs legislation, Eurasian economic commission, covered the recent trends and changes to the Customs Union customs legislation; Vyacheslav Goloskokov, Head of Division on risk management and operative control, Federal Customs Service, presented the “Risk management system: main aspects and the results of experiment on the foreign trade participants categorization; Valery I. Seleznev, Head of Division on the customs control on post released goods, Federal Customs Service, made a presentation on the implementation features of the customs control on post released goods. Wilhelmina Shavshina, Deputy Chair of AEB Customs and transport committee, Legal and BD Director, PhD in law, Head of Foreign Trade regulation practice, DLA Piper, Alexander Kosov, PhD in Law, Head of Practice for Customs and Foreign Trade Regulation, Pepeliaev Group, Alexander Ratnikov, Expert on customs legislation and TIR, IRU were the key speakers of the second session on actual issues for foreign trade participants and foreign investors: investment climate improvement. 

Galina Dontsova, General Director of the Center for Support of Foreign Trade and Regional Development, Anna Ulyanova, Senior Manager Indirect Taxation Group (Customs), PwC, Valentina Ionicheva, PhD in Economics, Head of consulting group, National Customs Broker LLC, NCB, were the key speakers of the third session on the practical aspects of the customs legislation implementation.

The spirit of the conference was -  partnership between customs and business. 

For further details, please have a look at the programme and speakers’ presentation. 

10th Annual Customs Conference “New in customs legislation: practice and procedure”
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