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Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy

Wednesday, 6 September, 2017
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy
Russia and Germany to Cooperate in Science and Energy

A meeting of the working group of the joint organizing committee of the Russian-German Mineral and Energy Resources Forum was held at Saint Petersburg Mining University. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss preparations for the X Mineral and Energy Resources Conference which will be held at Saint Petersburg Mining University from the 28th to the 30th of November, 2017.

The German side was represented by members of the executive committee, including Marian Paschke, Professor at the University of Hamburg, Rudolf Kawalla, Professor at Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, as well as Bernhard Kaltefleiter and Oliver Friske representing Verbundnetz Gas AG, a company dealing with importing natural gas to Germany and delivering it to German consumers. The Russian side was represented by Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of Saint Petersburg Mining University and Co-chairman of the Forum, Dmitry Vasilenko, Member of the Council of the Federation Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Information Policy, Igor Sergeyev, Dean of the Department of Economics at Saint Petersburg Mining University, and Alexander Abramov, Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.

Today, the German industrial sector depends on the stable supply of mineral and energy resources in order to withstand international competition. Over decades of successful cooperation in the energy sector, Russia has established itself as a reliable supplier of resources to Germany. At the same time, the Russian mineral and energy resources sector needs innovative technologies which will reduce costs and increase the efficiency of the extraction and processing of raw materials.

The Russian-German Mineral and Energy Resources Forum is one of the few authoritative platforms left where scientists, businesses and politicians of the two countries can exchange their views and discuss issues concerning cooperation. For example, the ninth conference, which was held in Düsseldorf, saw such participants as Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs in Germany.

‘Our forum should serve as a platform for establishing a dialogue between the legislative authorities of Russia and Germany,’ said Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of Saint Petersburg Mining University. ‘We can procure the participation of representatives of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. We are also ready to organize meetings for representatives of the German parliament under the auspices of the forum. For example, we could organize a trip to Yamal and show our German colleagues how Russian gas is produced and transported, also giving them an opportunity to see how the locals live and work in the industry.’

During the previous meeting of the organizing committee, which took place in Berlin in spring, it was decided that a new Russian-German agreement on scientific and technical cooperation in the mineral and energy resources sector should be signed. As of today, a draft agreement of understanding has already been prepared for future approval at the tenth conference. In particular, the document states that cooperation between Russia and Germany ‘should be actively fostered for the benefit of both countries’. Specific projects will be developed by ‘working groups set up for this purpose’, and their implementation ‘will fall under the responsibility of the members of these groups’.

Many potential joint projects between Russia and Germany aim to develop cooperation between the regions of the two countries. Bernhard Kaltefleiter said that delegations from Saxony and Bavaria headed by prime ministers of these states would visit Saint Petersburg in 2017. Appropriate arrangements have already been agreed. In addition, negotiations are under way to procure the participation of heads of Westphalia and Saarland, regions having a long history of mining. Heads of the German states that confirmed their participation in the forum suggested a number of topics for discussion and defined scientific organizations responsible for fostering cooperation between the two countries in the future. It is planned that their delegations will be more representative than they used to be.

Dmitry Vasilenko, Member of the Council of the Federation Committee on Science, Education, Culture and Information Policy, proposed that the number of platforms for discussions at the interregional level should be increased, enabling representatives of the federal subjects of Russia, including governors of Murmansk Oblast, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Leningrad Oblast and others, together with their German counterparts, to establish direct contacts, exchange ideas and take the first steps towards their implementation.

  • The Russian-German Mineral and Energy Resources Forum was founded on October 10, 2006 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The idea to establish such a forum was proposed by Saint Petersburg Mining University, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, and Verbundnetz Gas AG. Over the ten years of its existence, the forum has become an influential platform where strategic issues concerning the efficient use of mineral and energy resources as well as those concerning the development of science, education and innovations in the two countries are discussed in the form of an open dialogue. Nine previous conferences, in which representatives of government, science and big business of the two countries took part, were held in Saint Petersburg, Murmansk, Khanty-Mansiysk, Omsk, Dresden, Nuremberg, and Düsseldorf.
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