Rule of Law Challenges in Africa and the European Neighborhood

How Should the EU Respond?
Join the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels and the World Justice Project for an interactive online-roundtable discussion on the rule of law, fundamental rights, and constraints on executive powers in Africa and the European Neighborhood in times of COVID19, to be held on 27 May 2020, 15-16.30 (CET)


Watchdog Asia Network Launch

Investigative journalism in Asia faces a number of challenges. With journalists being threatened and attacked and criminal libel laws frequently being used against them, the press freedom index across the continent remains low. As an answer to these various challenges, Watchdog Asia was founded in 2016 to support, promote and actively produce investigative journalism and ethical reporting across Asia. The network of senior journalists and editors from various Asian countries aims at strengthening independent cross-border and data-driven journalism by providing resources and networking opportunities to investigative journalists in Asia. The launch event will be an opportunity for an exclusive group of senior journalists, editors, think tank representatives and European officials to learn about Watchdog Asia's work and the existing challenges to investigative journalism across Asia. A light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Study and Information Program

Watchdog Asia

Promoting regional investigative journalism
Watchdog Asia is an Asian association of senior editors and journalists to support, promote, and actively produce investigative journalism. It aims at strengthening independent cross-border, investigative, and data-driven journalism in Asia. It also provides resources and networking opportunities to investigative journalists in Asia and a platform to cooperate with other investigative journalism networks globally.


Libya, Towards a War of Attrition

Four months after Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) began the offensive on Tripoli to seize control of the capital from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Western Libya is caught in a war of attrition. The conflict has become bogged down in a stalemate on the capital's outskirts. The involvment of external forces has further fueled the conflict. Whilst the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have supported the LNA's military activities, Turkey, and Qatar have supported the GNA and helped the UN-backed government resist Haftar's territorial offensives. With France supportive of the LNA and Italy siding with the GNA, there has been no common EU position. UN-backed plans for elections to install a new government overseeing all of Libya have so far failed, and it remains unclear whether any of the country's well-armed factions would respect any results. According to the WHO the new conflict has left 1,093 people dead and 120,000 displaced and provoked sharp rifts within and among communities in western Libya, and deepened the divide between the eastern and western parts of the country. What are the prospects for Libya's conflict? What is the potential impact of a Libyan war of attrition on Europe? What is the role of the EU and its member states in potentially ending the conflict?


EU-MENA Young Leaders Academy on Sustainability and Resource Security

Aware that common regional and international efforts are needed to support sustainable livelihoods and future resource security in the MENA region, the Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (REMENA) and the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue (MNED) of Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) organize jointly an “EU-MENA Young Leaders Academy on Sustainability and Resource Security”, from September 23 to 27, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.


Democracy under pressure: Voices from Cambodia and Venezuela

How can the European Union support democratic change?
The European Union (EU) supports democratisation and fundamental freedoms in partner countries worldwide. Through political dialogue, the mainstreaming of democratic principles and specific development programmes, the EU seeks to support reform processes and democratic institution building in order to encourage political pluralism. Yet in many countries, the EU is confronted with a lack of democratic accountability and political checks and balances, a steady weakening of democratic institutions by ruling governments and a resulting decline in political rights for all. While Cambodia is experiencing an ongoing erosion of democratic foundations and high levels of corruption, Venezuela is amid a multidimensional crisis of ongoing human rights violations, the erosion of the rule of law and the dismantlement of democratic institutions. By providing first hand insights from these two countries, this closed-door debate will discuss opportunities for democratic developments in Cambodia and Venezuela and analyse how EU efforts can better support democratic change in a country-specific context.

Study and Information Program

"Circular Plastics Economy – Best Practice Options for a Global Challenge"

Exchange opportunities for experts of municipal and national administration from Asia and Latin America
The Dialogue Program aims to invite six administrative experts from Asia (India, Indonesia, Vietnam) and Latin America (Chile) who are, in particular, dealing with the challenges of introducing a Circular Economy as well as the avoidance, usage, reusability, recycling and deposition of plastics. In Brussels, these experts are supposed to engage with the successful ‘European Circular Economy Action Plan’ and the ‘European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’. The program aims to introduce the experts to relevant contacts in the European institutions as well as the Civil Society to exchange best-practices. As such, the program wants to offer insights into the implementation of a Circular Economy and its related industries such as the synthetics and waste sector.

Expert talk

Promoting Water Security in the MENA

Water technology solutions in development cooperation & the role of SMEs
In the exchange, leading experts and innovators in the field of water technology will present their latest innovations and give best practices examples of successful knowledge transfer and implementation of water technologies in the region. Local and international experts and representatives from politics, business and civil society will discuss and tackle the following questions: • What are the MENA region’s most pressing challenges concerning water security? How to address them properly? • What are best economic framework conditions to promote and improve inter and intraregional water technology transfer of SMEs? How to enhance investment protection and capacity building? • How to make sure water technology knowledge is sustainable and to the benefit of the people in need?


Towards a European sustainable battery industry

How to create jobs for a low carbon society?
A year following the establishment of the European Battery Alliance, this seminar will take stock of progress achieved in boosting Europe’s battery manufacturing base. The panelists will present on the state of the art battery technologies and their applications, share innovative initiatives and best practices, and discuss the legislative and financial needs for battery sustainability across the entire value chain: from raw material extraction, to battery manufacturing, vehicle-to-grid applications, second-life batteries, and recycling.

Expert conference

EU's leadership in global climate action

Opportunities for international cooperation in preview of COP 24
The conference brings together international stakeholders from political and civil society level to discuss and evaluate Europe's position on the future political direction towards climate action and energy in view of COP24.

Event Reports

"The ASEM Process: From information sharing to common policies between Europe and Asia?"

"Overcoming the complexity of an enlarged intergovernmental forum”
ASEM Outlook Workshop Briefing: 15-16 April 2009, Brussels - The Workshop was part of the reflection process to formulate a discussion paper on 'Improving the working mechanisms of an enlarged ASEM' that will be tabled by the Belgium ASEM 8 Task Force in preparatory discussions in the lead-up to the ASEM 8 Summit.

Event Reports

Symposium Europäische Energiepolitik des Wirtschaftsrates der CDU e.V.

by Jasper Eitze, Johannes Hügel

Marktwirtschaftliche Neuausrichtung der Energiewende am Standort Deutschland und Europa
Als Auftakt für die zweite Runde des „energylabs“ fand am 11. September 2017 in Brüssel das hochkarätig besetzte „Symposium Europäische Energiepolitik“ statt. Der Fokus lag dabei auf der marktwirtschaftlichen Neuausrichtung der Energiewende am Standort Deutschland und Europa.

Event Reports

Towards a European Sustianable Battery Industry

How to create jobs for a low carbon society
To become competitive in the global battery market Europe will require to bring together all different players in the field to share expertise and knowledge to forge and promote the European Battery Alliance. At present, only 3% of all batteries produced in the world are produced in Europe. China and the USA are market leaders, with Japan also having a technological lead. The event-report summarizes the discussions of our workshop with Bellona Foundation and the European Policy Centre on the future of this European initiative to catch up with global battery industries.
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