Highlights from the #EUIA16 Conference

From 11 to 13 May, the 5th biennial European Union in International Affairs conference (#EUIA16) took place in the Palace des Académies in Brussels. The conference was co-organised by the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles, the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and Egmont, the Royal Institute for International Relations. The conference brought together not less than 400 participants from 40 countries to discuss the role of the EU as an international actor. It included the presentation of more than 200 scientific papers and a series of high-level debates ranging from counter-terrorism to the upcoming Brexit vote.

  • Policy Link Panel 1: Cooperation on Anti-Terrorism: The Role of the EU and its Relations with Member States and External Partners organised by IEE-ULB
  • Policy Link Panel 2: Trade as the Continuation of Politics by Other Means organised by President Karel De Gucht 
  • Policy Link Panel 3: Current Challenges in EU Migration Policy organised by UNU-CRIS
  • Policy Link Panel 4: "Brexit" or "Bremain": What Is the Future for the UK in the EU’s Foreign, Security and Defence Policy? organised by Egmont
  • Think Tank Roundtable - A Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy for the EU organised by Egmont
  • Young Researchers' Masterclasses on: Economic Governance and Environment, Foreign and Security Policy and Migration
  • A successful panel on teaching European Studies, including participation through Skype
  • The Brussels-Seoul Security Forum consisting of three panels on EU-Korea affairs, with the participation of the Korean Ambassador:Roundtable - North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Challenge: Regional and Global Ramifications, Roundtable - North Korean Human Rights Situation, The Political and Security Situation in Northeast Asia and the Future of Multilateral Cooperation
  • A wonderful conference dinner organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union in the Korean Cultural Center in Brussels, for which we want to thank the Embassy very much.

The conference was opened by a keynote speech from Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, and closed by a keynote speech from Koen Lenaerts, President of the European Court of Justice. Both speeches were also broadcasted online via a livestream. A successful conference dinner was part of the programme too. It was organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union and took place in the Korean Cultural Center in Brussels. We want to thank the Embassy very much for having organised this wonderful dinner. Through the event’s Twitter feed, #EUIA16, the success of the conference was echoed. Tweets included a request for de Kerchove’s “superb speech” transcript and “congratulations” to those who put together the “interesting panels” and “great discussions” of #EUIA16. We hope to see many of this year’s participants again at the next edition of the conference! 

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