A Steering Group plenary meeting was held in Brussels on November 12, 2010. The meeting summed up the results of the 11th round of negotiations on a New Russia-EU Agreement. Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the EU, headed the Russian delegation, and Hugues Mingarelli, the European Commission’s Deputy Director General for External Relations, led the EU delegation.
The negotiation round was assessed as generally constructive. The Parties made progress in drafting the four chapters of the future agreement: on political dialogue and external security; on cooperation in the field of freedom, security and justice; on sectoral economic issues; on culture, education, media, sport and youth.
Trade and investment issues within the economic chapter were discussed in correlation with the perspective of Russia’s accession to the WTO, and the creation of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.
It was agreed to hold the next, 12th round before the end of the year.