Joint EU Centres Conference in Melbourne
The lingering economic malaise, the potential exit of the United Kingdom and the apparent divisions between western and eastern European Member States appear to undermine the capacity of the EU to offer credible options for addressing the challenges that European citizens experience. The tensions, at times open conflict in the European neighbourhood, add to a sense of siege in Europe, in turn compounded by growing uncertainty in international relations.
Yet, the vision that inspired the formation of the EU is too powerful to dismiss lightly. Despite the current difficulties, many Europeans continue to believe that their future lies in an increasingly integrated Europe.
Can this be achieved, despite the challenges? Can European and Member State leaders continue to work together to deliver the expectations citizens hold? How can the EU best respond to the marked uncertainty arising from a resurgent Russia, a globalising China and a more self-centred United States?
These broad questions serve as the primary focus of an international conference “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures?” to be convened jointly by the European Union Centres in Australia and New Zealand that will take place at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne on 16-18 October 2017.
For more details, including confirmed speakers, travel and accommodation information and to register go to the Conference website.
The Future of the EU Summit in Adelaide
In addition, the conference in Melbourne leads to an associated event in Adelaide, “The Future of the EU Summit”, hosted by the Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migration and Cultural Transformations on Wednesday 18 October, featuring Professor Loukas Tsoukalis.