Updated: 11-Jul-2001 Week of 2 - 8 July 2001

6 July 2001

Russia and the meaning of "integration"

"Integration: what does this concept mean for us?" was the theme of an international conference organised in Volgograd, 6-9 July. European political players, researchers and representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGO) analysed the issue of Russian integration into European economy and politics from all angles. Discussions went into great depth, covering the questions of value systems, cultural identities and the understanding of the concept of integration by Russian decision-makers and the impact of these factors on the process itself.

The conference was organised by the Russian NGO, Eurocontact, with the participation of the Volgograd Academy of Civil Service and the Volgograd Centre for NGO Support, and was co-sponsored by NATO.