EU Ambassador and Friends of Europe to speak at the 11th Gaidar Forum

EU Ambassador to the Russian Federation Markus Ederer, founder and chairman of the Friends of Europe analytical center Giles Merritt, and member of its Board of Trustees, former European Director of Trilateral Commission Paul Revay will speak at the 11th Gaidar Forum on January 15-16, 2020 in RANEPA.

Markus Ederer has served as the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation since October 2017. His career in the German Foreign Office started in 1990 when he was the Personal Secretary to the Minister of State. He then went on to Moscow where he served in the Economic Department of the German Embassy. In 1999 he moved to Brussels where he took up the post of Head of Cabinet of the Special Coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe. From 2005 to 2010 Marcus Ederer was the Head of Policy Planning in the German Federal Foreign Office. In 2011-2014 he was in Beijing as Ambassador of the European Union to China and Mongolia, and from 2014 to 2017 he held the post of State Secretary at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Giles Merritt is the founder and chairman of the Friends of Europe think tank. Before he founded Friends of Europe in 1999, his career as a journalist spanned 15 years as a Financial Times foreign correspondent, and 25 years as a contributor of Op-Ed columns to the International Herald Tribune on European political and economic issues. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of 30 ‘Eurostars’ who most influence thinking on Europe’s future.

Paul Revay is a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe, a “think and do tank” in Brussels; he also served at the Trilateral Commission private international organization as its European Director from 1981 to 2017. The goal of the commission, which brings together 300 to 400 of the most prominent and influential business leaders, politicians and intellectuals from Western Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, is to discuss relevant international problems and propose solutions to them.

11th Gaidar Forum Organizers:

The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA);
The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute);
The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

Forum partners:

General partners: Gazprom, Gazprombank. Strategic partners: Coca-Cola, Mastercard, Russian Railways, Pharmstandard group, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Novartis Group, MSD, ACIG Group, EF Education First. Partners: Prosveshcheniye Group, EY, Huawei, RVC, Russian Agricultural Bank.

General information partners: Rossiya 24 TV Chanel, TASS, RBC, Business FM; strategic information partners: Kommersant Publishing House, Interfax, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Invest Foresight online business magazine, RIA FederalPress; main information partners:,,,, Profile; international partners: RT, Thomson Reuters, Sputnik, EFE, Cision, Pan Pacific Agency; information partners: Snob media project, PRIME economic news agency, RNS, Expert magazine, Parlamentskaya Gazeta,, Radio Ekho Moskvy, PRO Business TV channel, FINAM.RU agency, Davydov.Index, Strategia magazine, Ekonomika i Zhizn newspaper, ECONS.ONLINE website, Gosudarstvennaya Sluzhba magazine, TV BRICS.


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