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New ambassador of the EU opens days of the European film in Tomsk

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийNew ambassador of the EU opens days of the European film in Tomsk
© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийNew ambassador of the EU opens days of the European film in Tomsk

TOMSK, Dec 8 – RIA Tomsk. Chief Representative of the European Union (EU) in Russia Markus Ederer visited the Tomsk region and met the governor Sergei Zhvachkin on Friday; the European diplomat will take part in opening of the festival of the European film and visit the leading Tomsk universities, the press service of the region administration reports.

It is specified that Markus Ederer is appointed the ambassador of the EU in Russia in October, 2017. The Tomsk region became one of the first Russian regions where he arrived with official visit, and the first region of Siberia. The festival of the European film is opened in Tomsk on December 8 and lasts 10 days.

"I am appeared to be in a new position two and a half months ago and glad that the Tomsk region became the first region in Siberia where I pay a visit and that we chose Tomsk as the venue of the festival of the European film. Tomsk is a young, intellectual city, there is so many students here, and it is one of the few islands of cooperation between the EU and Russia", – press service quotes Ederer.

Development of direct contacts with representatives of universities and scientific community of Tomsk became one of the purposes of the visit of the ambassador, besides participation in the film festival; it is noted in the message. During the short-term visit the ambassador will visit Tomsk State University (TSU) and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).

"The Tomsk region continues to adhere to the principle of openness because a basis of our region are knowledge, education, development of the human capital. We have close ties with all countries of the European Union, and these are first of all contacts of our universities, especially close with the universities of France, Germany, Holland, Austria.", – Zhvachkin's words are cited in the message.

According to the press service, within the visit the new ambassador of the EU in Russia met representatives of the economic block of the region administration. Details of the meeting aren't disclosed.

© РИА Томск. Павел Стефанский
Meeting of the governor Sergei Zhvachkin with the ambassador of the EU in Russia Markus Ederer

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