Марина Штейнингер (Германия)

Dear Ministers and Representatives of the OSCE, I am very honored to represent the participants of the international Youth Forum for Future of Eurasian and European Integration: Foresight – 2040 at this meeting and propose to you a new way of thinking on how to succeed in a future integration of the EU, the EAEU and also countries beyond these borders.

In 1989, Gorbatschov and Kohl already spoke about the aspiration of a “Common European House”, which should consist of a closer economic cooperation. This is almost 28 years ago. In 2040, we want to see greater changes than we have experienced so far.

Up until today, various factors have prevented a successful integration between the EU, the EAEU, and their neighbors.

To achieve a sustainable solution, socio-political problems and existing barriers that prevent economic integration have to be critically assessed.

In this regard, we, the young generation, suggest striving for a Top Down and Bottom Up C3 Strategy: Compatibility, Cooperation and Competition. We suggest a new way of thinking towards new perceptions on how to support integration between the EAEU, the EU and beyond.

What does that mean? The so called bottom up approach, which is part of our new strategy, concentrates on local projects, such as building up a digital infrastructure for the industrial revolution 4.0, or reallocation important trade hubs to more convenient geostrategic places that build the basis for the economic integration. Together with expertise from INES and IIASA, we came up with specific bottom up projects in the field of economic integration measures, security and social aspects. All these projects are set up in a setting of C3: Compatible integration instruments, Cooperation and a fair and competitive environment, which is the basis for future prosperity and welfare increases.

Then, we have created the Top Down Approach, which explains the need of effective framework contracts, set up by the government and especially by international organizations, such as the OSCE that protect the bottom up projects.

The job of the institutional body is twofold. Not only is it governing the frameworks, but they also have a task of implementing supporting the concrete projects of reality. Built up a workforce, that tries to understand the local dynamics and needs, which form the basis of future economic integration.

We need a new way of thinking!

And we have to start rethinking the economic integration strategy by going beyond-economic objectives and follow the C3 Strategy!