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As Europe is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic it faces challenges on an epic scale. Not just the recovery seems far, but even the foundation and principle values of the European integration such as freedom of movement have been put into jeopardy. The pandemic poses challenge and will definitely have a big impact on key policies including future enlargement and the neighbourhood policy.
Much lies on the shoulder of both the German Presidency and the new EU Commission. It has been one year into the term of the present EU Commission, which is a good occasion to look back the first year and at the same time, to look ahead. Together, make Europe strong again – says the motto of the present EU presidency under Germany. When it was adopted, probably no one had thought that this would be so timely and accurate in the middle of the multifaceted challenges posed not only by the dramatically changing security landscape around the globe, but the COVID pandemic that had disrupted not just social and economic activity but the fundamental freedoms of the European integration.
1. Date & Time:
December 4 (Fri) 16:00 ～17:00
Hon. Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement (via Zoom)
Hon. David McAllister, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament (via Zoom)
Dr Michito Tsuruoka, Associate Professor, Keio University
English - Japanese (Simultaneous translation)
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H.E. Dr. Norbert Palanovics, Hungarian Ambassador and Ms. Rabea Brauer, Resident Representative, KAS Japan
Dr. Michito Tsuruoka, Assosicate Professor, Keio University
16:05 Key note 1:
H.E. Mr. Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement
16:10 Key note 2:
H.E. Mr. David McAllister, Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament
16:15 Questions from Moderator
16:40 Q&A with floor audience
16:50 Last statements:
Moderator and H.E. Dr. Norbert Palanovics