1. What is the Vienna Process?
VIP is an international civic initiative which draws on the professional knowledge of a pool of Russian and European experts with different backgrounds and institutional affiliations, who share the objective of improving the relations between Russia and the EU.
• To produce policy recommendations on topical issues of EU-Russian relations
• To initiate a permanent expert-based dialogue in support of official dialogues
• To improve the relationship between Russia and the EU
3. Why the Vienna Process?
The VIP is a response to the stalemate in official relations. It is driven by the conviction that progress is possible and feasible by looking for new departures.
4. Mode of Operation: The VIP profits from the flexibility and independence of a civic initiative. Not all recommendations equally supported and prioritized. Its output are scientific and knowledge-based documents, which are constantly refined and improved.
In a two-step process, “hot” issues are identified and smart solutions elaborated. In its first memorandum. The pool of experts focuses on 3 dimensions: politics, economics, business. The recommendations add up to a set of proposals which may be controversial and not equally supported by all experts.
5. The VIP “niche”: Among the plethora of institutions dealing with EU-Russian relations, the Vienna process occupies a distinct position in that
• Joint pool of experts
• Flexible mode of operation
• Permanent editing committee to elaborate drafts which will be discussed by all experts
• Experts are recruited among diplomats, politicians, business persons and administrators. This provides the opportunity
• EU institutions, particularly the EC and the European Parliament
• Governmental agencies in Russia, particularly the Presidential Adminstration and the Russian Government
• EU Presidency
• International and National Business forums and agencies