The European External Action Service organized a roundtable “Climate Change and engaging China - Crossroads of 21st century foreign policy” on 2 February 2011 at the European Commission, Charlemagne building, 170 rue de la Loi, Brussels.
The objective of the roundtable was to foster further integration of EU international climate policy and EU foreign policy by furthering our understanding of existing openings in the remit of other related EU policies (such as industrial policy, research, trade, development co-operation etc.).
The roundtable also contributed to increasing EU diplomats’ readiness to engage in relevant discussions with partners internationally and within the EU, beyond their own policy area and provided climate and other area specialists useful insight to the broader dynamics of EU-China relationship. The deliberations provided a useful opportunity to harness the knowledge of the EU diplomatic community effectively in advancing the climate agenda with China.
The event brought together senior officials working on China policy in the EU Member States and at the European Commission and European External Action Service, selected policy institutes experts and invited specialists. A productive exchange of views served to pilot a novel approach for EU level discussions on a specific country for a specific foreign policy priority topic.
Conference participants may see the video of the conference here (password protected):