Papers on EU-Russia Integration

Vinokurov E, Balás P, Emerson M, Havlik P, Pereboev V, Rovenskaya E, Stepanova A, Kofner J, et al. (2016) Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space. Synthesis Report. IIASA, Laxenburg.

Vinokurov E., Pereboyev V. (2016) Mapping The Potential EU-EAEU Cooperation Agenda: readmission agreements, visa-free regime, labour migration, mobility of pensions, large-scale educational exchanges, recognition of professional diplomas and certificates. IIASA Working Paper.
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Pelipas I., Tochickaya I., Vinokurov E. (2014) Quantifying Economic Integration of the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union: Methodological Approaches.
Centre for Integration Studies’ Report no. 23. EDB: St. Petersburg.

Vinokurov E. (2014) Mega Deal between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union. Russia in Global Affairs. November-December.
In English. In Russian.

Vinokurov E. (2014) The Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union: Will There Ever Be an Economic Integration Agreement?
World Finance Review. December.

E. Vinokurov, S. Kulik, A. Spartak, I. Yurgens (2014) Deadlock of Integrations’ Struggle in Europe. Voprosy Ekonomiki, 8:4-25 (in Russian).
This paper, published in the leading Russian economic journal, re-thinks economics and politics of the EU Eastern Partnership, arguing for complex negotiations in the format EU-Ukraine-EEU.

Vinokurov E. (2014) From Lisbon to Hanoi: European Union and Eurasian Economic Union in Greater Eurasia. In: Liik, K. Russia’s ‘Pivot' to Eurasia. ECFR: London. Pp. 56-60.

Malfliet, Katlijn, Verpoest, Lien, Vinokurov, Evgeny (eds.) (2007), The CIS, the EU, and Russia: Challenges of Integration, Palgrave Macmillan, London.

The CIS, the EU and Russia focuses on the challenges of integration that face countries in the post-Soviet space, in particular Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The book explores these challenges and analyses the links between various integration mechanisms (including the EU), state policies and elite interests on the territory of the former Soviet Union.

While research on the EU policy of the post-Soviet states has been intensified in recent years, the CIS dimension has remained relatively under-researched. Furthermore, the EU and the CIS dimensions are normally treated separately. The aim of this project is to combine both dimensions under the angle of the integration processes and to analyse them as mutually dependent processes.

The book consists of three parts. The first, introductory part gives an overview of CIS integration since 1991 and the substantial role that Russia plays in this process up until the present day. The second part focuses on the post-Soviet states' relations with the European Union and 'soft' cooperational structures like the New Neighbourhood Policy. The third part combines the two vectors and sets out to detect patterns of integration that include both CIS and EU vectors. The main question that arises focuses on the compatibility of these integration patterns.

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Russian Approaches to Integration on the Post-Soviet Space in the 2000s
The re-worked English version was published in: Malfliet, Katlijn, Verpoest, Lien, Vinokurov, Evgeny (eds.) (2007) The EU, the CIS, and Russia: the Challenges of Integration, Palgrave Macmillan, London. The Dutch version of the paper was published as: (2005) Russische benaderingen van de integratieproblematiek. De post-sovjetruimte aan het begin van de 21e eeuw, Oost-Europa Tijdingen, (5): 2-29.

The Making of the Concept of EU-Russia Common Economic Space
Chair Interbrew Baillet-Latour Working Paper No.22. 2004. PDF file.
The paper starts with the analysis of the negotiation process leading to the adoption of the Concept of the Common Economic Space (CES) between the EU and Russia. Focusing on the Russian side, it delineates the phases and main activities of the negotiations. The paper comes to conclusion that the negotiation process on the Russia's side was of an essentially top-down nature, with the dominant role of the governmental bureaucracies and little participation of the business community and the general public. The impact of the economic assessments and studies was limited, too. The paper proceeds with the analysis of the choice of a model for the CES envisaged in the Concept. It argues that the Concept of CES represents an original model in itself, combining elements of the EEA and 'Swiss' models; that is, it unites both horizontal and sectoral approaches. It is questionable whether the model envisaged in the Concept is capable to provide a satisfactory solution to the policy-taker challenge.

A re-worked version of the paper was published in: Bruno, Sergi. Bagatelas, William, Kubicova, Jana (ed.) (2007) Trade and Industry Developments in Central and Eastern Europe, Ashgate, London.

Kaliningrad in the Framework of the EU-Russian Dialogue: Moving Toward Common Spaces
Chair Interbrew Baillet-Latour Working Paper No.20. 2004. PDF file.
The paper explores the evolvement and change of approaches of both Russia and the EU to the Kaliningrad question over the last decade. Different understandings of the Kaliningrad question as well as different concepts of the region dominate foreign policy in the EU and Russia. Nevertheless, a trend for a slow rapprochement is revealed. As the EU and Russia discuss ideas and concepts of EU-Russian Common Spaces, the Kaliningrad Region can be of positive value to EU-Russian relations. It will be far-sighted of the EU and Russia to make Kaliningrad an integral part of the dialogue on Common Spaces so that the Oblast might become one of the connecting knots of European-Russian cooperation.

David Kernohan and Evgeny Vinokurov. The EU-Russia WTO Deal: Balancing Mid-term and Longer-term Growth Prospects?
CEPS Commentary, October 2004.