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Boosting EU Visibility in China

Volume 4, 2015

Challenges & Opportunities

Speaking to an audience of more than 300 CEIBS students, alumni, faculty, diplomats and members of the media on May 18, 2011, EU Council President His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy delivered an exclusive address on “Current Economic Challenges and Opportunities for Europe and China”.


Peace and Security in the 21st Century

Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and Former French Prime Minister Laurent Fabius were among the participants at a March 9, 2011 discussion on “Peace and Security in the 21st Century”.



The EU after the Lisbon Treaty: Impact on EU-China Relations

During a visit on February 5, 2010 Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Balázs explored the impact that the then recently enacted Lisbon Treaty would have on EU-China relations. He spoke before an audience of about 150, comprised of Shanghai-based diplomats and officials from various European countries, CEIBS MBA students and school officials, as well as the media.



EU lecture in Hefei

On February 27, 2009 David Gosset, then director of the Euro-China Center for International and Business Relations at CEIBS, gave a lecture in Hefei, Anhui province, to participants of the EU-China Business Development Certificate Programme, a component of the CEIBS BMT project. Gosset shared his views on the relationship between the EU and China in the 21st century. He put the relationship in a global perspective and analysed the specific significance of the Eurasian link.



CEIBS Debuts EU Day

The financial crisis then sweeping across key markets worldwide was a central focus of the discussions during CEIBS' first annual Europe Day on October 19, 2008. The event attracted 200 members of the diplomatic community, executives, academics, students and journalists for a day-long forum on the EU-China relationship. Throughout the day, six expert speakers from government, academia or business spoke on the root causes of the financial turbulence and offered advice on the way forward.

For the first EU Day on October 19, 2008 activities had a strong French flavour, in keeping with France’s elevation to the Presidency on July 1, 2008, a position held until the end of that year.  In keeping with the European Union’s designation of 2008 as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, CEIBS EU Day 2008 was heavily influenced by cultural events and activities related to EU member states.