Past event

Invitation Only

The Eurasian Customs Union: Viability, Attributes and Implications

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme


Julian Cooper, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
Pirkka Tapiola, European External Action Service (tbc)
Kataryna Wolczuk, University of Birmingham


The Eurasian Customs Union (ECU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan is the latest in a series of Russia-led integration initiatives aimed at the former Soviet states, and it is projected to lead to the establishment of a wider Eurasian Economic Union. The project has been viewed with sceptcisim by some, while others claim it has a much better chance of succeeding than its predecessors. The gradual consolidation of this economic entity is likely to have significant consequences for the economies of the constituent states as well as impact on EU-Russia relations.

This event will examine the prospects for the ECU and discuss its policy implications for Russia and the EU. 

Attendance is by invitation only.