International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU

"EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community"

(Brussels; May 22nd - 24th, 2016)
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Location: European Parliament

10:00 - 13:00 Opening Session
10:00 - 10:45 “The Role of the EP in Shaping the Foreign Policy Agenda”
MEP George Sabin Cutas
(Member of the European Parliament)
10:45 - 11:30 “How to Bridge the Gaps of Modern Politics? Cultural Diplomacy and European Stories”
MEP Leonidas Donskis
(Member of the European Parliament)
11:30 - 12:00 “Is a common European cultural diplomacy only a matter of politics?”
Prof. Dr. Fabrice Serodes
(Department of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France)
12:00 - 12:30 "Azerbaijani Experience in Cultural Diplomacy and Azerbaijani Global Integration through Cultural Diplomacy”
H. E. Amb. Fuad Isgandarov
(Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mission to the European Union)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break & Travel Time

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

14:30 - 15:00 “Cultural Diplomacy in the 21st Century”
H. E. Amb. Lazar Elenovski
(Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia to Belgium)
15:00 - 15:45 “Arts, Culture and Applied CD within Europe”
H. E. Amb. Vesselin Valkanov
(Ambassador of Bulgaria to Belgium and Luxembourg)
15:45 - 16:30 “EU Multiculturalism and Cultural Diplomacy”
Lieve Fransen
(Director, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
16:30 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 17:20 „The Universal Scale of All Things”
Koen de Decker
17:20 - 17:40 “Creativity, a Tool for Change in a World in Need of New Paradigm”
Viviane Cangeloni
17:40 - 18:00 “Enhancing Copyright Balance to Promote Cultural Diplomacy”
Prof. Dr. Séverine Dusollier

(Professor of Law, University of Namur)
18:00 - 18:30 “EU Youth Education & Development”
Isabelle Beernaert
18:30 Closing of Day 1
19:00 Group Dinner
Friday May 23rd, 2014

Location: Belgian Foreign Ministry

9:00 - 10:00 “The EU Common Foreign and Security Policy: How to Juggle with 27 Partners
Mr. Nicolas Nihon
(European Correspondent, Belgian Foreign Ministry)
10:00 - 10:30 Travel Time

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30
Welcome Speech
H. E. Amb. Andrej Lepavcov
(Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the European Union)

“Korea's Perspective and Practices in Cultural Diplomacy”
H. E. Amb. Chang-Beom Kim
(Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belgium and to the European Union)
11:30 - 12:00 “Japan’s Perspective and Practices in Cultural Diplomacy”
Bart Gits
(President, Japanese Cultural Center, Brussels)
12:00 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy: Lack of Neutrality or Art of Intercultural Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Laurent de Briey
(Professor, Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Namur)
12:45 - 13:15 “The EU Regional Policy - Economic Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Same Time”
Dr. Wolfgang Streitenberger
(Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Urban Development, European Commission)
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch Break

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

14:15 - 15:05 "Europe As - in the First Place - a Cultural Project through its Citizens”
Prof. Dr. Frans de Ruiter
(Director Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University)
15:05 - 15:30 "Talking Pork: Relativism, Toleration and Intercultural Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Glen Newey
(Professor, Political Theory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles)
15:30 - 16:00 “Science Diplomacy”
Dr. Rudolf W. Strohmeier
(Deputy Director General, Research Programs, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation)
16:00 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 16:45 Barbara Gessler
(Head of Unit Creative Europe - Culture, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
16:45 - 17:15 "Competition Policy and Cultural Identities”
Prof. Dr. Jacques Steenbergen
(President, Belgian Competition Authority)
17:15 - 17:45 “Setting up a Regional Food Reserve outside the EU: The Community Method in Practice”
Mark Corner
(Research Centre for Globalization, Innovation and Competition, Catholic University of Leuven, Campus Brussels)
17:45 - 18:15 "The Values of the EU: Elements of the EU Identity”
Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel
(Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Liège)
18:15 Closing of Day 2
19:00   Participation in the Brusselsjazzmarathon
Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Location: Vesalius College

10:00 - 10:30 “A Few Reflections on EU Cultural Diplomacy”
Prof. Dr. Caterina Carta
(Assistant Professor, Department International Affairs, Vesalius College)
10:30 - 11:00 "Space for Peace in the South Caucasus”
Senator Dominique Tilmans
(Member of the Belgian Senate)
11:00 - 11:45 "Using Cultural Diplomacy to Enhance Africa-EU Relations”
H. E. Amb. Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi
(Ambassador of South Africa to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union)
11:45 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy is an Attitude, not a Profession - From Bilateral to Multilateral Diplomacy in a Globalized World”
Philip Heylen
(Head of Culture, Economics, Urban and Area Maintenance, Heritage and Liturgy, City of Antwerp)
12:30 "Building Cultural Bridges with the European and Global Muslim Communities”
Jonas Slaats
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Location: Vesalius College

14:00 - 15:30 EU Cultural Diplomacy” - Interactive Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mr. Mark C. Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:30 - 16:30 Participant Papers
19:00 Group Dinner
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
10:00  Visit “Parliamentarium” Museum - European Parliament
12:00 Walking Tour of Brussels
14:00 Exhibition “Experience Brussels”