War and Peace in the 21st Century “The EU ahead of a new political cycle and a new geopolitical era”

The seminar "War and Peace in the 21st Century: The EU ahead of a new political cycle and a new geopolitical era" will contribute to the analysis of the EU's internal dynamics and how to address its relations with major powers in an era of changing geopolitical alliances.

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
16 March 2024 - 09:30h
LOCATION: Palau de Pedralbes, Diagonal 686, Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB in collaboration with EsadeGeo, with the support of “la Caixa” Foundation, the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values Programme (CERV) of the European Commission project, and the institutional board members

COLLABORATORS (3):

Objective

The EU is facing a new political cycle beginning with the European Parliament elections scheduled for June 2024. The new European legislature will determine the leadership of European institutions and the scope of future EU policies. A fragmented parliament and/or one with little incentive to deepening integration will hinder the EU's ability to address the internal and external challenges that it is facing. Considering it has been more than fifteen years since the latest major institutional reform -the Lisbon Treaty-, the EU could undertake new reforms to gain efficiency and legitimacy and get ready for an increasingly complex global context.

Internally, issues such as EU enlargement and reform, green and digital transitions, the Migration and Asylum Pact, fiscal reforms and the EU’s own resources, European defence, and persistent divisions between EU member states require renewed efforts for consensus and internal transformations. Externally, the EU needs to increase its mechanisms and resources to tackle the challenges of a complex geopolitical reality, with open conflicts in European territory and its neighbourhood: the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, the relationship with the US and China, the rivalry with Russia, and a necessary engagement with the so-called Global South. The seminar "War and Peace in the 21st Century: The EU ahead of a new political cycle and a new geopolitical era" will contribute to the analysis of the EU's internal dynamics and how to address its relations with major powers in an era of changing geopolitical alliances.

 

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Jaume Collboni

Jaume Collboni

Mayor of Barcelona

Cristina Gallach

Cristina Gallach

Member of Global Women Leaders Voices; former UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Director, Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, Columbia University

Wang Huiyao

Wang Huiyao

Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze

Member of Parliament; Chair, Committee on Ukraine’s Integration with the EU

Brigid Laffan

Brigid Laffan

President, European Policy Centre

Xavier Mas de Xaxàs

Xavier Mas de Xaxàs

Diplomatic Correspondent, La Vanguardia

Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas

Director, CIDOB

Natalie Nougayrède

Natalie Nougayrède

Member of the Council, European Council on Foreign Relations

Daniela Schwarzer

Daniela Schwarzer

Member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board

Antoni Segura

Antoni Segura

Chairman of the Board, CIDOB

Javier Solana

Javier Solana

Honorary Chairman of the Board, CIDOB; President, EsadeGeo

Loukas Tsoukalis

Loukas Tsoukalis

President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Maha Yahya

Maha Yahya

Director, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

War and Peace in the 21st Century “The EU ahead of a new political cycle and a new geopolitical era” PERFORMED ACTIVITY

09:30h Opening

Jaume Collboni, Mayor of Barcelona

Antoni Segura, Chairman of the Board, CIDOB

09:45h Introduction

Javier Solana,  Honorary Chairman of the Board, CIDOB; President, EsadeGeo

10:00h Reforming and enlarging the European Union for a new era

A discussion between:

Daniela Schwarzer, Member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board

Loukas Tsoukalis, President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Member of Parliament; Chair, Committee on Ukraine’s Integration with the EU

Brigid Laffan, President, European Policy Centre

                                   

Chaired and moderated by:

Cristina Gallach, Member of Global Women Leaders Voices; former UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

Followed by a debate between the speakers

11:15h Coffee break

11:45h The EU in a new geopolitical context

A discussion between:

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director, Kent Global Leadership Program on Conflict Resolution, Columbia University

Natalie Nougayrède, Member of the Council, European Council on Foreign Relations

Maha Yahya, Director, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

Wang Huiyao, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG)

 

Chaired and moderated by:

Xavier Mas de Xaxàs, Diplomatic Correspondent, La Vanguardia

Followed by a debate between the speakers

13:00h Debate with the audience

13:30h Closing Remarks

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB