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EU strategy and foreign policy

Maritime Security: Belgium’s interests and options

By Various authors (27-04-2017)

In Other publications

As a trading nation with a strong maritime tradition (half of its trade is seaborne), a self-styled champion of regional integration, a proponent of the rule of law, and a pioneer in naval “pooling and sharing” practices,

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Leaving the beaten track? The EU regulation on conflict minerals

By Jeroen Cuvelier (25-04-2017)

In Africa Policy Briefs

Since the end of the 1990s, natural resources have gathered growing attention as part of efforts to resolve enduring armed conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region. This policy brief discusses the drafting process of the EU regulation on conflict minerals and argues that is especially important from a symbolic point of view. read more…

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Launch of the NPE Belgium National Report. Belgium and the EU : matching rhetoric and commitment

Conference from 17:30 - 19:00 (Registration from 17:00)

Egmont – Institute for International Relations – is hosting a special event to present its contribution to the project New Pact for Europe, in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation. This project gathers several think tanks among 10 EU countries to discuss European Union’s future and current challenges. It has the ambition to launch a European-wide debate on the potential rooms for reforms and improvement within the EU, with a particular focus on three specific policy fields: economy, migration and security policies.

At several occasions, the Belgian National Reflection Group (NRG) has met to reflect on the ‘state of the Union’ from a national perspective and discuss the main challenges the EU and its members are facing, taking into account both the European and national perspectives. These meetings opened-up with the first Belgian NRG meeting, held on the 26th of May 2016 in the presence of Minister Reynders, and has been followed by few others – among which two transnational meetings with the Finnish and Slovak delegations participating to the project.

These meetings have resulted in the finalization of a national report, presenting the outcomes of these discussions.

This report will be released at the occasion of this official launch on the 11th of May and will be presented by the Director of the European Affairs Programme of the Egmont Institute, Alexander Mattelaer.

It proposes ideas and recommendations on how the EU and its members should react to EU’s main challenges and lays down how the EU and European integration should develop in the years to come.

It is the opportunity to share publicly the outcome of this long-lasting initiative and to explain the outreach and goals of New Pact for Europe.

 

Panelists:  Alexander Mattelaer, Director of the European Affairs Programme and Janis Emmanouilidis, Director of Studies, EPC.

Programme

17:00 – Registrations

17:30-19:00 – Launch of the NPE Belgium National Report

19:00-20:00 – Reception

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Taiwan issue and EU-China relations

Academic workshop (on invitation only)

Taiwan is a sensitive issue in Chinese foreign policy. The One China Policy is one of the foundations for all major powers in the world to manage relationship with China. The Trump Administration in the United States reconfirmed its position just recently. The European Union always adhered to the One China policy and recognises the government of the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China. However, it recognises Taiwan as an economic and commercial entity, has solid relations with Taiwan in non-political areas and read more…

The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2017: Europe

By Thomas Renard (06-04-2017)

In Commentaries

2016 proved to be a busy year for CT in Europe as the number of jihadi-related attacks increased and the nature of the threat evolved, with most plots involving ‘home grown’ radicalised individuals, as opposed to foreign fighters. read more…

Two-Speed Europe: Yes, But

By Sven Biscop (06-04-2017)

In Commentaries

Yes to a two-speed Europe if that is the only way to deepen integration, but this does entail some risks.

A Dutch version of this article was published on the website of De Morgen. read more…

EU-China co-operation in global governance: going beyond the conceptual gap

By Balazs Ujvari (05-04-2017)

In Egmont papers

This Egmont paper aims to identify ways of overcoming the deadlock that often characterises EU-China co-operation in multilateral institutions and processes due to their differing interpretations of global governance. The paper draws on the perspectives of four Chinese experts of EU-China relations, read more…

Europe and the great powers: playing our Trump cards

By Sven Biscop (04-04-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

On the eve of Donald Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping, we are all holding our breath. But should we rather not be proactive, using Europe’s diplomatic and economic power to further our interests in China, Asia and the neigbourhood. Where should a creative and ambitious Grand Strategy position Europe in between Trump, Xi and Putin? read more…

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

European defence after Brexit

Roundtable discussion (on invitation only)

Roundtable with Alexander Mattelaer, Director European Affairs Programme, Egmont and Dick Zandee and Margriet Drent, Clingendael. Institute Please find more information on this programme here.

(Photo credit: Rareclass, Flickr)

Geopolitical influences on the future of Renminbi

By John Ryan (23-03-2017)

In Security Policy Briefs

The Chinese government has made great strides in its ambition to turn the Renminbi into a global reserve currency. The importance of Europe to China’s economy is unquestionable, so Brexit is an unwelcomed event. China’s resolve to reduce its US Dollar exposure has intensified following read more…