International Conference “Strategic Challenges in the EU-Brazil Relationship”


Monday 07.05.12 to Tuesday 08.05.12



On 7-8 May 2012, The TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy co-organizes the "EU-BRICS/IBSA/BASIC" section of the International Conference “Strategic Challenges in the EU-Brazil Relationship”, in Brussels.

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Invitation High-Level EU-Brazil Conference 7-8 May / EU-BRICS panel

The TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy of the College of Europe Bruges campus is pleased to invite you to the high-level international conference on the “Strategic Challenges in the EU-Brazil Relationship” on 7-8 May 2012 in Brussels, organized by nine academic institutions and the Belgian Foreign Ministry. The objective is to assess challenges in the EU-Brazil relationship in four sessions: 1) economic, financial and trade issues; 2) sustainable development, climate change and energy; 3) regional integration and the EU’s relationship with Mercosur; and 4) the impact of the BRICS, IBSA and BASIC (organized by the TOTAL Chair of EU Foreign Policy).

Keynote speakers include Mr Karel DE GUCHT, EU Commissioner for Trade; H.E. Ambassador Ricardo NEIVA TAVARES, Mission of Brazil to the EU; Ambassador Frans Baron van DAELE, Chief of Staff to the President of the European Council; Mr Pierre VIMONT, Secretary General, EEAS; Professor Alfredo VALLADÃO, Sciences Po; Professor Eduardo VIOLA, University of Brasilia; Professor Ramon TORRENT, University of Barcelona, and Professor Erico DUARTE, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. For the full programme and other speakers, see

Apart from the conference programme, a walking dinner will take place on Monday evening, 7 May, when Ambassador Frans Baron van DAELE will speak about ‘The EU and the Emerging Powers: the Search for Partnerships in a Changing World’.

Participation to the day programme is free of charge. For the walking dinner a fee of € 30 is payable beforehand (see website).

Registration is possible until 2 May (based on availability) with [at] (indicate name, first name, function, institution and email).

The panel on the impact of the BRICS/IBSA/BASIC fits within recent research on the EU-BRICS relations. See:

- KEUKELEIRE, S. et al., 2011 'The EU Foreign Policy towards the BRICS and other Emerging Powers', ad hoc study, DG for External Policies, European Parliament.

- KEUKELEIRE, S. and H. BRUYNINCKX, 2011 'The EU, the BRICs, and the Emerging New World Order’, in Hill, C. and Smith, M., eds., 2011, International Relations and the European Union, Oxford UP.