Japanese Prime Minister (PM) Shinzo Abe embarked on a tour to Europe from 11-15 Jan, visiting Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, the latter being the only non-EU state. He was the first Japanese PM to visit these countries. Both European Presidents, Donald Tusk (President of the European Council) and Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission), announced this week (16 Jan) that they would like the UK to stay in the European Union (EU) or to rejoin the bloc after Brexit. The EU often perceived as in the forefront of environmental protection announced on Tuesday (16 Jan) its first-ever Plastics Strategy, proposing to reuse or recycle all plastics by 2030, while reducing the use of plastics by 55 % by 2030. In the aftermath of the banking and sovereign debt crisis in 2011-2012, the European Central Bank (ECB) was given the role as a watchdog over the Eurozone's 120 largest banks. On Tuesday (16 Jan) the European Court of Auditors published a special report on “The operational efficiency of the ECB’s crisis management for banks”. Click on the image to read more.
You are cordially invited to a public lecture on “Central European Responses Toward Chinese Investment – the 16 + 1 Framework and the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI)” by Richard Q. Turcsányi. The event will be held on Friday, 2 February 2018 (10.30am – 12pm) at NUS, CIT Seminar Room.
The January 2018 issue of the quarterly newsletter, Scene@CMM is out. This year promises to be another exciting year for the EU Centre with a series of lectures and panel discussions and conference aimed of very timely and relevant topics for the EU and its partner, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As we approach our 10th year, it will also be a year of reflection on how the Centre can move forward. We would like to thank all of you for your support of the Centre and most importantly, wishing you a splendid 2018! Click on the image to read more about the events, news, and happenings.
Overall, 2017 has turned out to be a fairly good year for the EU. However, challenges remained, and these are the things in 2018 that we should be watching to see where the EU is heading: Populism and Nationalism, Migration, and EU’s relations with other major powers. Click on the image to read more.
EU Centre wishes you Happy 2018! Thank all of you for your support and encouragement throughout the year. We look forward to your continued engagement with the Centre and wish you and your families a splendid start to 2018. Click on the image to read more.
To celebrate 40 years of EU-ASEAN dialogue partnership, the EU Centre with the support of the European Union Delegation to Singapore, ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and Australian National University Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) organised a panel discussion on “EU-ASEAN Partnership – 40 years and more”. This was held at Orchard Hotel Singapore on 6 December 2017. The event was well attended with over 150 attendees. Thank you to all our partners, speakers, and attendees for making the event a success! Click on the image to read more.