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Cultural Diplomacy in Europe

February 2013
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Introduction

Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDE) is a network of young individuals from across the world, who have an interest in exploring and strengthening relations between European States.  The program is run on the philosophy that further development of political and economic integration between European states must be accompanied by sustained public action to maintain public opinion and relations on the European Continent.

The title of the conference was "The future of EU foreign policy, Responsibility to engage at a time of global crisis". A significant focus of the discussion was given to Macedonia's role within Europe, with H. E. Amb. Dr. Andrej Lepavcov (Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the EU) giving a lecture entitled The Macedonian Road to the European Union and the Role of Cultural Diplomacy, also speaking on the issue was Mr. Trajce Rushev (Counselor, Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the EU) who held a lecture and discussion on the topic of Macedonian Identity in the European Context. The conference also attracted prominent speakers from the civil society and universities across Europe. Thomas Renard, a senior researcher from the Royal Institute of International Relations held an interactive discussion on The Use of Cultural Diversity as a Means of Promotion within EU foreign policy, while Prof. Fabrice Serodes a professor of History from the Institute des Études Politiques, Pariss presented a paper on whether or not there were different versions of Cultural Diplomacy within Europe.

Alongside the conferences the ICD was proud to be able to host a number of social and cultural activities. These events gave participants an opportunity to get to know one another in a more social environment while also engaging in the cultural atmosphere of Brussels. On the first day participants were given a guided tour of the old town of Brussels, with visits to La Grand' Place, Les Sablons and the Manneken Pis. There was also a Jam Session at the Lava Café, where participants could come and enjoy the music of local artists while sipping a Belgian beer or a cocktail.

Timetable

The Cultural Diplomacy in Europe Conference: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDE)
"The Future of EU Foreign Policy: Responsibility to Engage at a time of Global Crisis"
Brussels from February 24th - 28th, 2013
    Monday,
February 25th , 2013
Tuesday,
February 26th, 2013
Wednesday,
February 27th, 2013
Thursday,
February 28th, 2013
09:30   (8:30) Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
10:00   (9:00) The Future of EU Foreign Policy
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mr. Jean-Arthur M. Régibeau
(Director of Multilateral Affairs at the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs - Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Location:
Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Macedonian Road to the European Union and the Role of Cultural Diplomacy (Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H. E. Amb. Dr. Andrej Lepavcov
(Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia to the EU)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
Reconstruction of the Balkans Region: A Research Study of Future European Integration of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Cedric Pulliam
(Researcher, Central European University, Budapest)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
Lecture & Discussion

(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Dr. Milan Zver
(Member of the European Parliament)

 (10:30 Lecture & Discussion
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Ioan Mircea Pașcu (Member of European Parliament)

Location:
European Parliament
11:00   Tea, Coffee and Refreshments Tea, Coffee and Refreshments Tea, Coffee and Refreshments Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
11.30   (10:30) Introduction to Cultural Diplomacy and Europe
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mark C. Donfried
(Director & Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Macedonian Identity in the European Context
(Film Screening & Interactive Discussion)

Moderator:
Mr. Trajce Rushev
(Counselor, Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the EU)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
(11:00) The EU and Russia: marriage of convenience?
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Professor Tom Casier
(Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Brussels School of International Studies)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
Concluding Lecture
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Fabrice Serodes
(Professor of History, Institute des Études Politiques, Paris)

Location:
European Parliament
12:30   (11:30) Lunch Break
Session
Lunch Break Session Lunch Break Session Conclusion of Program
 

14:00
 

 

 
(13:00) Lecture & Discussion
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Willem Noe
(European Commission DG EU Enlargement)

Location:
European Parliament

(14:00) European Neighborhood Policy, EU Enlargement and Acceding Countries
(Interactive Discussion)

Participants:
Willem Noe
(European Commission DG EU Enlargement)
Ada Jonusé
(Staff Member, European Parliament)
Mark C. Donfried
(Director & Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
European Parliament
Lecture & Discussion
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Luc van den Brande
(Former Minister-President of Flanders)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
Are there different visions of cultural diplomacy in the European Union? (Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Fabrice Serodes
(Professor of History, Institute des Études Politiques, Paris)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
 
 

15.30
  (15:00) Tour of the European Parliaent
(Lecture & Discussion)

Guide:
Ada Jonusé
(Staff member, European Parliament)

Location:
European Parliament
Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments  
16.00 Welcome and Registration

Location:
Exhibition "Experience Brussels"
(16:00) Visit to Parlamentarium Museum of the European Parliamant
(Guided tour)

Location:
European Parliament
The EU and its Strategic Partners in Perspective (Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Thomas Renard
(Senior Research Fellow, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
The Iraq Fall - Civilian Power versus Hard Power: Germany vs. USA (Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Andreea Crina Horea
(Researcher, Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Cluj Napoca)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
 
16:30 Exhibition "Experience Brussels"

Location:
Exhibition "Experience Brussels"
(17:00) The Future of EU Foreign Policy: Responsibility to Engage at a time of Global Crisis
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Oliver Rentschler
(Deputy Head of Cabinet, European Union External Action Service)

Location:
European Union External Action Service
EU Foreign Policy: The Use of Cultural Diversity as a Means of Promotion
(Interactive Discussion)

Speaker:
Thomas Renard
(Senior Research Fellow, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations)
Prof. Fabrice Serodes
(Professor of History, Institute des Études Politiques, Paris)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
The Iraq Fall - Civilian Power versus Hard Power: Germany vs. USA (Interactive Discussion)

Speaker:
Andreea Crina Horea
(Researcher, Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Cluj Napoca)

Location:
Mission of Macedonia to the European Union
18.00 Group Dinner & Evening Activity Group Dinner & Evening Activity Group Dinner & Evening Activity Group Dinner & Evening Activity  

Speaker Information

  • Ada Jonusé
    Staff Member, European Parliament
  • Andreea Crina Horea
    Researcher, Universitatea Babes Bolyai, Cluj Napoca
  • H. E. Amb. Dr. Andrej Lepavcov
    Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia to the EU
  • Cedric Pulliam
    Researcher, Central European University, Budapest
  • Prof. Fabrice Serodes
    Professor of History, Institute des Études Politiques, Paris
  • Ioan Mircea Pascu
    Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr. Jean-Arthur M. Régibeau
    Director of Multilateral Affairs at the Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs - Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Prof. Kolja Raube
    Prof. Institute for International and European Policy, University of Leuven
  • Luc van den Brande
    Former Minister-President of Flanders
  • Mark Donfried
    Director & Founder, Instituted for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
  • Dr. Milan Zver
    Member of the European Parliament
  • Oliver Rentschler
    Deputy Head of Cabinet, European Union External Action Service
  • Professor Tom Casier
    Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Brussels School of International Studies
  • Thomas Renard
    Senior Research Fellow, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations
  • Mr. Trajce Rushev
    Counselor, Mission of the Republic of Macedonia to the EU
  • Willem Noe
    European Commission DG EU Enlargement