European Union External Action

Event: Towards a common European strategic culture - The Next Generation EU recovery plan

18/10/2021 - 17:54

In a complex and changing world, it is important to understand how the European Union aligns its values and interests with humanity’s common global challenges.

The 2021-2022 conference cycle will address the main international political, economic and cultural challenges of the XXI century and the creation of a common European Union strategic culture through open dialogue with eminent scholars and highly-qualified panellists from various cultures and regions of the world.

This conference cycle is jointly organised by the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium and the European External Action Service, under the patronage and effective participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission.

The conference cycle is co-chaired by Didier Viviers, permanent Secretary of the Academy, and Professor Mario Telò, who, as scientific director, will introduce the 2021-2022 programme.

The 2nd conference "Universal values in question: The cultural dimension of geopolitical competition" will take place on 14 December 2021 from 5 to 7 pm (Brussels time) - ONLINE ONLY

Event will be streamlined on Linkedin.

Europe and its agenda are situated in a globalized but fragmented world, characterized by alternative cultures, multiple models of modernity, authoritarian regimes and possible civilization clash. To what extent do ideational diversities allow for multilateral convergences without shifting to closed relativism? How isolated and how communicative is the EU’s identity? How could a multidimensional dialogue with far and near abroad partners, beyond both Eurocentric arrogance and mere utilitarianism, combine the defense of EU’s values with the search for the conditions of multilateral alliances for the common goods?

Mario Telò, Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium

Thomas Meyer, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Technical University

Dr Ling Wei, Professor of International Studies at the School of International Relations of the University of International Economic and Business (UIBE), Beijing, China
Prof. Ummu Salma Bava, Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, emeritus Director of the Centre for European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India


The 1st conference "The Next Generation EU-recovery plan and its global implications" took place on 28 October 2021 from 5 to 7 pm (Brussels time).

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The success of the Next Generation EU recovery plan will be decisive for the future of Europe in many domains: digital, energy policy, sustainable economy as well as fiscal policy. What role will Europe’s recovery play in the current international context of competition/cooperation (G7, G20)? How relevant is the NGEU in a world facing growing socio-economic imbalances and inequalities? To what extent does the recovery plan contribute to the EU’s international identity and leverage the EU’s foreign policy?

Isabelle Ferreras, President of the Royal Academy of Belgium

Jean Pisani-Ferry, Professor at EUI and Sciences Po, Paris

André Sapir, Senior Fellow, Bruegel 
Tereza Novotna, Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin and Europeum, Prague


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