Brussels Briefings “EU for Asia”: ASEM 8 Curtain Raiser

European Policy Centre (Max Room), Résidence Palace, Brussels, Belgium

With the financial support of the European Commission and in cooperation with Leiden University, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, the European Policy Centre is organizing its third EU for Asia Brussels Briefing on the Asia-Europe Meeting: Priorities and Challenges, on Thursday 16 September from 10.30-12.30.

The third EU for Asia Brussels Briefing will bring together both academics and senior government officials during a final debate before heading towards the ASEM 8 Summit itself on 4 and 5 October. Moderated by Shada Islam, EPC Senior Program Executive, and followed by a question-and-answer session, the debate will discuss the expectations and objectives of the upcoming Summit and offer a view on the future of the Asia-Europe relationship.

Panel members are: Thomas Roe, Asia Adviser and ASEM Counselor at the European Commission; Bertrand de Crombrugghe, Belgian Ambassador and Head of the ASEM 8 Task Force; Enrique A. Manalo, Ambassador of Philippines’ Mission to the European Union; Norio Maruyama, Head of the Political Affairs Section of the Japanese Mission to the European Union and Christopher Dent, Professor at Leeds University.

In addition, Lay Hwee Yeo, Director of the EU Centre in Singapore and Wilhelm Hofmeister, Regional Programme Director of KAS’s "Political Dialogue Asia" will present the contents of their new book The Asia-Europe Meeting: Engagement, Enlargement and Expectations.

The purpose of the Brussels Briefings is to raise awareness about EU-Asia relations and more precisely about the key event that ASEM 8 represents in this context.

Expected participation:

Governmental and non-governmental experts and representatives