Emil Markwart speaks at Russian-German Forum
Professor Emil Markwart from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) has made two reports at the German-Russian Forum hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office (Berlin).
The forum was supported by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas who also attended. The Russian-German Forum was the final event of the Russian-German year of regional and municipal partnerships.
The forum brought together 900 participants, the majority of them mayors of Russian and German cities and heads of regions.
Professor Emil Markwart of RANEPA Graduate School of Public Administration delivered expert reports at two roundtables, one devoted to improving the quality of life in municipalities and regions and organized jointly with the Union of Russian Cities, and the other focused on improving energy efficiency and sustainable urban development. The second session involved representatives of the German Energy Agency.
The event featured a series of roundtables, where the participants discussed municipal development strategies and the role of energy efficiency in urban development. The speakers especially focused on civil society and its contribution to the Russian-German partnership.
Representatives of the German Foreign Office, the Bundestag, Russia’s Federation Council, and the Russian and German partner cities greeted the participants of the plenary meeting, which was followed by a panel discussion on the problems and prospects of the Russian-German regional and municipal partnerships.
The German and Russian Foreign Ministers spoke at the end of the plenary session. Three pairs of Russian and German cities signed partnership agreements at the forum: Vyborg and Greifswald, Tuapse and Schwedt, and Zvenigorod and Lahr. The best projects of Russian-German cooperation, including the Youth Forum of German and Russian Partner Cities, received awards.