Discussion “Russia-Spain: new opportunities” on the Gaidar Forum

On 16 of January within the framework of the Gaidar Forum in RANEPA the discussion “Russia-Spain: new opportunities” was held.

Igor Bartsits, Director, Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service, RANEPA, José Antonio Vera, President, Agencia EFE, Mikhail Komissar, CEO, Interfax Information Services Group, Ignacio Ybánez, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Russia, Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation, Pavel Zenkovich, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, José Aurelio Llaneza Villanueva, Education Attaché, Embassy of Spain in Russia, Georgiy Gulia, Executive Director, Interfax Information Services Group, Luis Villarejo, Sports Director, Agencia EFE, Rosa María Calaf, Correspondent (1972-2008), Televisión Española, Vladimir Zhelonkin, General Director, Kommersant, Alexey Savin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Ilya Kopelevich, Editor-in-Chief, Business-FM Radio Station, Yuriy Paniev, Head, International Department, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Irina Prokhorenko, Head, International Organizations and Global Political Regulation, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, the Russian Academy of Sciences and Olga Pirozhenko, Director, Centre for Russia-Spain Cooperation, IPACS, RANEPA.

The discussion was devoted to relationships of Russia and Spain and to a form of constructive cooperation and orientation to future. Both parties supported comprehensive long-term cooperation to create fair international relations, close cooperation in combating terrorism, and widening of economic relations. Mikhail Komissar, CEO, Interfax Information Services Group, claimed: “Potential is great. There is a room for improvement”.

Russian-Spanish relations in cultural sphere and sport, image of Russia in the Spanish mass media and vice versa were also discussed.

“The EU is the first trade union for Russia”, - José Aurelio Llaneza Villanueva, Education Attaché, Embassy of Spain in Russia marked.

Special attention was paid to the issue of student exchange between the countries. According to statistics, more and more young people choose Spanish as the second language to study. Besides, the question of introduction of Russian as the second language in a number of Spanish schools, which can be the basis for strengthening of business relations in future.

Current discussion is another confirmation of the both countries wish to follow the rules of a dialogue based on equal rights by developing bilateral mutually beneficial relations.



The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

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The general partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom and Gazprombank; strategic partners include Novartis, Johnson&Johnson, RZD, MSD, AstraZeneca, the ACIG Group of Companies, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, Russian Agricultural Bank, Pharmstandard JSC, Microsoft; O1 Group, Unilever, EY, Russian Brewers’ Union, Russian Direct Investment Fund are partners and RVC.

The general information partners include the Rossiya 24 TV channel, RBC and TASS news agencies. The official information agency is Rossiya Segodnya. The general online media partner is Gazeta.RU. The general radio partner is Business FM. The strategic information partners are Kommersant Publishers, the RT TV channel and Interfax. The main information partners are Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Federalpress news agency. Other media partners include, PRIME news agency, EFE, Polit.ru, Expert RA, Radio Ekho Moskvy, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, BRICS, National Banking Journal, Banking Review, Financial One, Standards and Quality news agency, AK&M, Ekonomika i Zhizn weekly, Invest Foresight online magazine, Strategia magazine, Naans Media, the Public Administration scientific political journal, the PRO BUSINESS TV channel, the Indicator online science journal, the Bankovskoye Delo (Banking Business) magazine, RNS news agency, Business Excellence magazine, Cision, the Budget magazine, Information platform “Russian planet – Smart Russia”.