TEPSA Belgian Pre-Presidency Conference, Brussels, 20-21 May 2010

«Future Prospects for the Belgian Presidency of the EU: Global Challenges in a New Institutional Era»

The conference brought together senior scholars and high level practitioners from across Europe to focus on the 2010 Belgian Presidency of the European Union after the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The Belgian Presidency was analysed in the light of a worried union facing both the recent global challenges such as the recent economic crisis and the various ongoing conflicts at its gates and an internal questioning about its role in a globalised world where compete emerging new powers.

It examined through exchanges between the participants and the 2010 Belgian Presidency both the particular Belgian vision, outputs and prospects for improving European efficiency in the following thematics: Security and Defense, Climate Change and Environment, Immigration and Development, Eastern Dimension and Energy supply, Lisbon Strategy and Economic Social Cohesion and finally the External Representation of the European Union.

The Conference was organised by the EGE Network in cooperation with TEPSA and Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, with the support of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Recommendations from TEPSA to the Belgian Presidency are available here, as well as the final programme and the report of the PPC.