EU – Asia: Challenges and Future

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The conference will be broadcasted live on Facebook (in portuguese) and Youtube (in english). The stream will also be available on this page

Anticipating the High Level Summit between the European Union and India, which will take place on the 8 of May, under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this conference aims to contribute to the process of analysis and formulation of the European Union’s foreign policy in its relations with Asia in general – and with India in particular.

The current international context – in which the European Union intends to reduce its dependence on China, diversifying markets and looking for strategic partners worldwide – could start a new phase in the relations between Brussels and New Delhi.

With the “EU – Asia: Challenges and Future” conference, the Future Forum aims to contribute to the debate on this relationship, the potential of which has yet to be fully realized, both at the European Union level and at the bilateral level between Portugal and India.



09:30 – 09:45   Opening Session

Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


09:45 – 11:45   The European Union and Asia

Moderated by Miguel Poiares Maduro, Future Forum

Presentation Gulbenkian Briefs

EU-China relations in times of systemic rivalry
Helena Legarda, MERICS – Mercator Institute for China Studies, Berlin

Indo-Pacific: EU’s strategic imperatives
Brahma Chellaney, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi



Janka Oertel, ECFR – European Council on Foreign Relations, Berlin

Raquel Vaz-Pinto, Future Forum and IPRI-Nova – Portuguese Institute for International Relations, Lisbon



François Godement, Montaigne Institute, Paris

Steven Everts, EEAS – European External Action Service, Brussels


Debate / Q&A


11:45 – 12:45   The Future of Portugal-India Relations

Moderated by Edalina Sanches, Future Forum


Presentation on the bilateral relationship between Portugal and India

Madalena Fischer, General Director for Foreign Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal



Constantino Xavier, Centre for Social and Economic Progress, New Delhi

Pedro Cordeiro, Expresso, Lisbon

Ana Santos Pinto, FCSH/IPRI-Nova – Portuguese Institute for International Relations, Lisbon


12:45   Closing Session

Augusto Santos Silva, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Portuguese Republic

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