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SALIENT 2020: Online Edition  | 29 - 30 June

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29
JUNE
09:30 - 11:00

EU-CHINA

STRATEGIC OUTLOOK

Under Chatham House Rules

SPEAKERS:

Nina Pejič Young Researcher at the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
Katja Geršak Executive Director of the Centre for European Perspective
H. E. Nicolas Chapuis the Ambassador of the EU to China

11:00 - 12:30

Nuclear energy:

a move toward sustainability or a global disaster?

SPEAKERS:

Prof. dr. Leon Cizelj Division Head Scientific Councilor Jožef Stefan Institute
Danijel Levičar business director GEN energija, d.o.o.
Urška Dolinšek Energy and Euratom Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU

PANEL INFORMATION

EU-CHINA

STRATEGIC OUTLOOK

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Under Chatham House Rules

Date: Monday 29. 6. 2020
Time: 09:30-11:30
Duration: 90 minutes
Lanugage: English

SPEAKERS

Nina Pejič Young Researcher at the Centre of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

Katja Geršak Executive Director of the Centre for European Perspective

H. E. Nicolas Chapuis the Ambassador of the EU to China

The relations between China and the EU have been put on the spot in recent times. Countries have been cooperating closely in several areas, however many issues remain open, due to the differences in norms, laws as well as business practices. Different approaches among the countries in the EU and the lack of coherent responses to the Chinese presence in Europe, have caused dilemmas of legislation as well as diversion among the member states.

Due to recent global changes in the West regarding protectionist trade policies, the member states looked East for new trade partnerships. However, partnerships with China might bring new challenges that need to be discussed: find common grounds on the topics of trade imbalance, strategic investments, intellectual property to say at least. Differences in trading styles, perceptions on developmental issues, variety of political systems and norms (both legal and societal) have become a central point of European discussions when it comes to new legislation, investments and general cooperation between European and Chinese companies. Different styles in trading, different perception on development, different political systems and different norms have proven to be an issue when it comes to forming legislation and in terms of investments, acquisitions and cooperation between the EU and the Chinese companies.

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NUCLEAR ENERGY:

A MOVE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY OR A GLOBAL DISASTER?

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Date: Monday 29. 6. 2020
Time: 11:00-12:30
Duration: 90 minutes
Lanugage: English

SPEAKERS

Prof. dr. Leon Cizelj Division Head Scientific Councilor Jožef Stefan Institute

Danijel Levičar business director GEN energija, d.o.o.

Urška Dolinšek Energy and Euratom Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU

While the rest of the world is closing down nuclear plants and deems nuclear energy as very dangerous the trend in Asia is very different. In contrast to North America and most of Western Europe, where growth in electricity generating capacity and particularly nuclear power has been limited for many years, a number of countries in Asia are planning and building new nuclear power reactors to meet their increasing demand for clean electricity.

Is the nuclear energy a correct answer to the question of economic development? Just a slight mistake and the whole region is destroyed – the soil, air, water that will feel the impact also on the other parts of the world. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident revealed significant human, organizational and cultural challenges to enhancing nuclear safety and security. The risks associated with nuclear energy do not originate only from the technology itself but from the mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors of those involved in the operation and regulation of nuclear facilities.

This roundtable will tackle how to keep the balance and find solutions to both – need for more energy and the safety of nuclear energy in Asia. On one hand, we will cover the technical advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy in compared to conventional and renewable sources, countries’ decision to expand nuclear program for peaceful purposes, economic justification of nuclear energy and long-term energy security. On the other hand, we will also touch upon the protection of people and the environment, social acceptability of nuclear power plants and what do Asian actions mean for the rest of the world, how does it affect climate and the energy cooperation among the countries?

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Ecofin

EU-China:

Strategic Outlook - Investments and intellectual property

Because of American protectionism and turning away from international trade flows, the European Union decided that is important, that they find new international trade partners so the dependency on the American market is less prominent. But, how do you trade with the state that is repressive, but at the same time an economic superpower? How do you overcome breaches of the international norms about investments and theft of intellectual property? All these will be addressed in the Strategic outlook that will be a final document of this committee and will hopefully save such an important relationship as is between EU-China.

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