The EU Centre has just published a new research brief by Ms Anna Athanasopoulou (Associate Fellow, EU Centre in Singapore) entitled “Tourism as a driver of economic growth and development in the EU‑27 and ASEAN regions”. Through the analysis of data sources from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), this brief demonstrates the economic importance of tourism, its challenges and plans for tourism development in both the EU and ASEAN. For more on this research brief, please click on the featured picture.
In our first news brief for December, Ukraine grabs Europe's attention once again as pro-EU protests continue to intensify in Kiev in response to President Viktor Yanukovych’s abrupt decision not to sign a landmark Association Agreement with the EU. At least 300,000 people had taken to the streets over the weekend (30 Nov-1 Dec) in defiance of a protest ban while others had occupied or barricaded government buildings. Elsewhere, China's recent summit with the EU's Central and Eastern European member states has met with EU irritation, with trade commissoner Karel de Gucht saying that China is playing one side off another in Europe. Lastly, UK Prime Minister David Cameron leads a large British trade and ministerial mission to Beijing, promising China that the UK would be its strongest ally in the west and would work actively towards an EU-China free trade agreement. For more on these stories, please click on the featured picture.
To commemorate Human Rights Day on 10 December 2013 (Tuesday), the Delegation of the European Union in Singapore is organising a seminar entitled “Contemporary Perspectives on Economic and Social Rights”. For more information on the event, please click on the featured picture.
The EU Centre in Singapore is organising an informal dialogue session with his Excellency Dr Michael Pulch (Ambassador and Head of Delegation, Delegation of the European Union to Singapore) in conjunction with a prize presentation for the EUC-FASS Creative Writing Essay Competition on “Achievements and Challenges of the EU”. This will be held on the 6th December 2013, 4.30pm – 6pm at the Global Learning Room, Stephen Riady Centre, University Town, NUS. The ambassador will present prizes to the winners of the Competition, and will share his views on the EU’s achievements and the tasks ahead. Light refreshments will be served after the event. For more information and to register, please click on the featured picture.
The EU Centre will host a research seminar by Dr Branislav Radeljić (Associate Professor in International Politics, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, UK) entitled “European Identity: Bright Ideas, Dim Prospects”. For venue information, please click on the featured picture.
The 2014 EU Centres Asia Pacific Graduate Research Conference is a cooperation between the EU Centres and Institutes in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Singapore and Taiwan, Full Article »