On December 11, the constituent meeting of the Russian-German initiative - the Russian-German Economic Council took place online.

“I would like this Council to launch new Russian-German projects, discuss strategic topics and solve problems oppressing our companies,” said Rainer Seele, the President of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce, who is co-chairman of the new council together with Maxim Reshetnikov, the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and Oliver Hermes, the chairman of the German Economy Eastern Committee.

The chairman of the Eastern Committee of the German Economy named a number of areas for cooperation and the implementation of joint flagship projects. These included energy and climate change mitigation, hydrogen economy, digitalization, healthcare, agriculture, mobility. Also, attention will be paid to such structural issues as technical regulation, localization of production by German companies in Russia and dual professional education.

The new Council will not replace the Russian-German strategic working group on cooperation in the field of economics and finance (JWG), but will become “a new instrument for quick coordination of specific projects by business representatives and politicians,” said Oliver Hermes, the chairman of the Eastern Committee of German Economy.

At the suggestion of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce, the following seven top managers will enter the new body from the Russian side:

  • strategic issues: Elena Semyonova, General Director of Phoenix Contact Rus LLC and Deputy Chairman of the Russian-German Chamber of Commerce;
  • dual education: Stefan Teuchert, President and CEO of BMW Group Russia;
  • energy and sustainable development: Torsten Murin, Managing Director of Wintershall Dea in Russia;
  • high-speed railways (HSR): Alexander Liberov, President of Siemens in Russia;
  • export: Maxim Shakhov, CEO of Schaeffler Group in Russia;
  • agriculture: Ralph Bendish, General Director of the Claas plant in Krasnodar;
  • healthcare: Oliver Könke, CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim in Russia.