Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam

Discussion with EU Ambassador Bruno Angelet on "What's Europe? The European Idea Through History"

Bruxelles, 06/01/2017 - 11:27, UNIQUE ID: 170106_3
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Seminar on the EU

The French Cultural Institute L'Espace and the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam invite you to a discussion on the significance of the European Union and its development through history with Ambassador Bruno Angelet – Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam as the keynote speaker and Prof. Andrew Hardy, Head of the Hanoi centre of the Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, as the moderator. The discussion will take place at:

Time: Wednesday, 11 January 2017, at 18h

Venue: L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien, Hanoi


At the discussion, participants will hear Ambassador Bruno Angelet presenting a lively and interactive introduction to the history of Europe, since Roman times and over the centuries, braving violent tides of expansion and of political integration. The idea of a united Europe was to bring lasting peace and prosperity. The European Union was not built by a single decision, but step by step by pooling sovereignty and creating solidarity through concrete common projects.


The EU family of democratic countries has grown in size and scope, from the original Six to Twenty-eight European countries today, spreading stability, rule of law and respect for human rights to more than 500 million European citizens. What started off as a European Coal and Steel Community, turned into a single market with a common currency and has since developed into an outward-looking Union with a significant role on the international stage.


Ambassador Bruno Angelet said "The European Union is a major, historic achievement of Europe's political integration, pursued since centuries. As nowhere else, European nations are coordinating public governance through their common EU institutions.  This has created a common internal order of peace and stability after centuries of warfare and brought the EU and its Member States at the highest level of sustainable development. Yet, disruptive developments in Europe's neighbourhood or in international finance are seriously challenging the "European way" of addressing major issues through consensus building and gradual decision-making. But the European Union remains the best protection shield for the people of Europe in the future.


He added, "while the media headlines focus on Europe's daily difficulties, the real story is that the common history that unites us has made us much stronger than expected and allows us to take bold steps to equip Europe with sustainable solutions. While European leaders are patiently at work there is a lot of evidence that Europe will remain a leading power in many areas or even extend its leadership to new areas in the future."


The discussion will be in French with simultaneous interpretation into Vietnamese. Please go to: to register your attendance.




Ambassador Bruno Angelet is an experienced Belgian diplomat. Prior to be appointed as the EU Ambassador to Vietnam, he was the Belgian Ambassador to Vietnam. He was also serving as the Advisor on the EU of the Deputy Prime Minister of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium. His experience on the EU was enriched with the post as the Deputy Director for the European Security and Defence at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Professor Andrew Hardy: Andrew Hardy is professor of Vietnamese history at the École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO). His research focuses on the Long Wall of Quảng Ngãi, the history of Champa and ethnic relations in Southeast Asia. In 2014-2016, he was scientific coordinator of the FP7-funded project SEATIDE on integration in Southeast Asia, and in 2015 authored the book A History of the Vietnam-EU Relationship 1990-2015.

For interview requests, please contact:

Nguyễn Thị Hồng

Communication Officer
The French Cultural Institute L'Espace

24, Tràng Tiền, Hanoi

Tel : +84 4 39 36 21 64 (poste 432)


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