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Euro-BRICS meeting “The Euro-Russia row as a result of an overlap between two economic unions’

Euro-BRICS Online Discussion – ‘The Euro-Russia row as a result of an overlap between two economic unions – lessons for a multipolar world in the wake’ ‘

September 29th  2014 

Organised by LEAP, with the technical support of FEFAP 

  • Concept
  • Practical details
  • Programme
  • Participants

The Ukrainian crisis and the way it has been handled by the main protagonists triggered a dramatic escalation of tensions that do not seem to find a solution six months after the Ukrainian government was overthrown.

In 2009, the Euro-BRICS project bet on the idea that an independent Europe and a fluid Euro-Russian relation were key in the emergence of a multipolar world. Indeed we can see today that, with a Europe cutting itself from BRICS’ dynamics, the world is already heading to bipolarity structured around a fundamental antagonism between the West and the BRICS.

LEAP is therefore extremely concerned by the current evolutions which no one in Europe seems capable/willing of unreeling and wishes to capitalize on its Euro-BRICS network of experts by launching a series of Euro-BRICS discussions on « The impact of the Ukrainian crisis on Euro-BRICS relations » which resulted in a Joint Statement that was distributed to the heads of states and governments of 12 European and BRICS countries

After the success of the first event in May, the group decided to repeat the experience, identifying the next topic to be discussed.

The second Discussion of this series will take place in September 2014 (date to be commonly defined early September, local time in participating time zones is mentioned below) on this topic : “The Euro-Russia row as a result of an overlap between two economic unions: lessons for a multipolar world in the wake”. It will consist of a very open and solution-oriented 2-hour discussion, based on a series of short presentations of various positions (1 hour), followed by a wrap discussion (1 hour).

LEAP has released a Position Paper on the topic as an introduction to the discussion.

PRACTICAL DETAILS

Time and date: September 29th 2014

City                                                     Local time                 Time zone                

Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)                            08:00 – 10.00             BRT

Paris (France)                                        13:00 – 15.00             CEST

Cape Town (South Africa)                        13:00 – 15.00             SAST

Moscow (Russia)                                    15:00 – 17.00             MSK

Delhi (India)                                          16:30 – 18.30             IST

Shanghai (China)                                   19:00 – 21.00             CST

 

Times based on CEST 13:00 – 15.00, please adapt to your local time zone as mentioned above.  

Main language of the meeting: English

PROGRAMME

 

Moderation: Marie-Hélène Caillol and Veronique Swinkels

« The Euro-Russia row as a result of an overlap between two economic unions: lessons for a multipolar world in the wake»

 

Sub-themes :

  • The right of a region to organise its free-trade area
  • The question of borders and limits of such free-trade areas
  • Questioning free-trade as a sound principle for the articulation among regional economic unions
  • Global multipolarity and the reinvention of Globalization

 

12.30 – 12.45* Opening of digital room and welcoming of participants
12.45 – 13.00 Welcome ‘drinks’
13.00 – 13.03 Welcome and practical introduction by moderator Veronique Swinkels
13.03 – 13.05 Introduction, ‘The Euro-Russia row as a result of an overlap between two economic unions: lessons for a multipolar world in the wake?’  by Marie-Hélène Caillol, President of LEAP2020
Euro-BRICS perspectives
13.05 – 13.15 A Russian position, by Dr. Prof. Irina Z. Yarygina
Member of the Working Group, Financial university under the Government of the Russian Federation, MGIMO
‘BRICS – EU – CIS COOPERATION: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES’
13.15 – 13.25 A Chinese position, by Prof. Zhu Jlejin
Fudan University, Shanghai
13.25 – 13.35 A Brazilian point of view, by Alexander Zhebit
Professor of International relations, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
13.35 – 13.45 A South African position, by Prof. Michael Kahn
Professor Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University, Director, Research and Innovation Associates in Cape Town
13.45 – 13.55 A European position, by Harald Greib
Vice-President, LEAP/E2020
‘Regional trading blocks and particular trade agreements versu, general free- trade ideology’s
13.55 – 14.05 An Indian position, by K.N. Harilal
Coordinator, Research Unit on Local Governments, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India
14.05 – 14.50 Roundtable brain-storming discussion : More positions and possible solutions
All participants
14.50 – 15.00 Conclusion : Stocktaking of the discussion, formulating statement and decisions regarding next steps.
Marie-Hélène Caillol, President of LEAP2020

* Times based on CET 13:00 – 15.00h, please adapt to your local time zone as mentioned above.  

 

 

List of participants

 

Adriana Abdenur Professor, Institute of International Relations, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nikos Bogonikolos President European Institute for Local Development (EILD)
Marie-Hélène Caillol President LEAP2020, France
Jose-Maria Compagni-Morales President FEFAP, Managing Partner Claritic – Open Government Strategies, Associate Professor IE Business School, Spain
Baudouin De Sonis Executive manager, e-Forum & EU-China-Forum, Brussels, Belgium
Harald Greib Vice-President, LEAP/E2020, Germany
K N Harilal Coordinator, Research Unit on Local Governments, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India
Song Hong senior research fellow from the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
Michael Kahn Professor Extraordinaire, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Juan Laborda Chief Strategist Razona Estudio de Economía y Finanzas, and Associate Professor in Universidad Carlos III and Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (IEB), Madrid, Spain
Wang Lei Fudan University, China
Caroline Lubbers Project manager Euro-BRICS, The Netherlands
Akshay Mathur Geoeconomics Fellow and Head of Research at Gateway House
Gilles Maury FEFAP instructor, Business and IT Consultant at Deloitte Central America
Sushant Mishra Indira Gandhi National Open University
Bruno Paul PhD ; Geoeconomy ; Socio-political transformations ; Founder of Conscience-Sociale.org ; Paris, France
Sylvain Perifel Coordinator GEAB, Leap2020, France
Marianne Ranke-Cormier Secretary General, Promete (Association de Promotion des Medias Trans-Européens), Paris, France
Pedro Simoes Graduate in Political Science by ISCTE-IUL, graduate from LEAP’s Academy, Lisbon, Portugal
Yoa Siwen Mrs Fudan University, China
Veronique Swinkels Entrepreneur, The Netherlands
Georgy Toloraya Executive Director of the National Committee on BRICS Studies in Russia and associated with the Russkiy Mir Foundation.
Qian Yaping Fudan University, China
Irina Yarygina Professor, Member of the Working Group, Financial university under the Government of the Russian Federation, MGIMO
Alexander Zhebit Professor of International relations, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Jiejin Zhu Associate Professor   Fudan University (defense)  China