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3rd seminar – Recommendations

Euro-BRICS 2012-2014 : Towards thematic cooperation networks based on a specific politico-diplomatic Framework

Cannes, September 27-28  2012, organised by LEAP in partnership with MGIMO


At the end of the seminar, the participants proposed a list of subjects to be addressed as soon as possible, and to promote them, either by using their own networks of influence or by making representations to the embassies of the EURO-BRICS partnership’s influential countries (Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands…) :

. Diplomatic cooperation: holding Euro-BRICS meetings between diplomats in capitals

. Political dialogue on the question of capital regulation in the host countries; on the basis of intergovernmental methodology

. Reform of the Security Council: towards a Security Council consisting of China, the United States, Euroland or the EU, Russia, Brazil, India, South Africa?

. Climate and energy Policies: promoting energy with low levels of CO2, adjustment to extreme climates, collecting and storing CO2

. Education & human capital: identifying the fields of co-operation and the opportunities for coordination, providing a general framework, evaluating progress.

. Establishing a preamble reaffirming the basic principles (reiterating the bad North-South overtones, the new philosophy of this interaction). Topics of shared interest (starting with convergences between BRICS): safety (crises management); food safety; untapped natural resources; energy, the climate and ecology… with a rationale of contribution to growth (the BRICS won’t accept Western diktats in this field if it adversely affects their growth).

. Platform of exchange between the representatives of civil society

. Promotion of a Euro-BRICS multilateral platform for research and innovation

. Promotion of cultural exchanges (Louvres style…)

. Planning within this partnership’s framework so that it also serves to warn of/anticipate crises (food, safety, social…). Putting the tools in place for collaboration in scientific fields.

. Converting the outstanding questions within the bilateral framework into questions for the new multilateral framework

. Africa: towards a dialogue over policies led by the Euro-BRICS players in the region to create synergies and limit conflicts of interest

. IMF reform, The Doha Round; technology exports

. Pathway to the future: the rebuilding of a more protective and preventive world financial system.