Europe in the World

Connecting Europe and Asia after Covid-19
10 Jun 2020 11:00 - 12:00
This webinar is organized by the EU-Asia Centre. Please register here
Connectivity was the buzz word before Covid-19 hit us all. The EU issued a communication setting out its principles for connectivity and signed a partnership with Japan. Both moves were regarded as a riposte to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) which has been criticised by the EU and others as ‘an alternative model of governance.’ Covid-19 has delayed summits and meetings that might have advanced EU-Asia connectivity. It is still unsure whether the ASEM summit, which to have featured connectivity in the agenda, will take place in Cambodia in November. Meanwhile Josep Borrell has talked about the Asian century and the importance of the EU linking up with democratic countries in Asia. What does all this mean for the EU’s connectivity plans and those of leading countries such as Japan? Will the new EU budget recognise connectivity as a priority? And how will we connect with each other after Covid-19?

To discuss these and other issues you are invited to a panel discussion, moderated by Fraser Cameron, Director of the EU-Asia Centre, with three leading experts:

  • Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Senior Fellow at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague
  • Masahiro Kawei, Professor at the University of Tokyo and Director General, Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA)
  • David Ringrose, Head of Unit, DG Connect, European Commission/or Asad Beg, Advisor on Connectivity, EEAS

Please register here