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Invitation Wednesday December 5: Rebooting EU Relations with India and Japan

21 November 2018


Relations between the European Union and Asia are developing rapidly. Japan and the EU have recently signed an Economic Partnership Agreement and a parallel Strategic Partnership Agreement, which the European Parliament hopes to ratify in December. In July, Prime Minister Abe and Presidents Tusk and Juncker reaffirmed their support for the liberal, rules-based international order, at a time when US commitment to multilateralism is in question.
Later this month, the EU also plans to adopt a communication on the future of EU-India relations, setting out an ambitious number of areas on which the two sides should cooperate including foreign and security policy, connectivity, science and technology, the environment and economic transformation. While the talks on an EU-India free trade agreement remain in a stalemate, there are many issues such as the reform of the World Trade Organisation and regulatory convergence to discuss. Prime Minister Modi’s modernisation programme also offers considerable opportunities for the two sides to cooperate. The Indian economy is booming and two-way investment has risen sharply.
The EU-Asia Centre and the European Policy Centre are delighted to invite you to a joint event where these two crucial relationships will be discussed in consecutive panels on Wednesday 5 December from 17:00 to 19:30 at the Press Club, 95 Rue Froissart1040 Brussels. The event will follow the following agenda:
16:45 Registration
17:00 Panel I: Prospects for EU-Japan Relations
H.E. Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of the State of Japan to the European Union
Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service
Axel Berkofsky, Professor, University of Pavia
Moderated by Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre
17:40 Q&A session
18:15 Panel II: Prospects for EU-India Relations
H.E. Gaitri Issar Kumar, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the European Union
Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific, European External Action Service
Vidhya Sampath, Director for EU Affairs, Tata Ltd.
Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre
Moderated by Giovanni Grevi, Head of the Europe in the World Programme, European Policy Centre
18:50 Q&A session

19:30 Close

To register for this event, we invite you to click the following link.