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

Date

Monday 07.05.12 to Tuesday 08.05.12

Location

Brussels
Belgium

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.

See programme on: http://www.eubrazil.eu

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 www.eubrazil.eu.

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 fu.us [at] universityfoundation.be (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. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/studies/download.do?language=en&file=49151

- 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.