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China’s New Silk Road: Good or Bad for Europe's Green Economy?

Thursday, 4 June, 2015 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Karel Van Miert Building (IES), Pleinlaan 5
Conference Room Rome (floor -1)
IES Policy Forum

The Institute for European Studies kindly invites you to the policy forum: "China’s New Silk Road: Good or bad for Europe's green economy?", which will take place on the 4th of June 2015 from 12:00 to 14:00.

The Chinese government has proposed the New Silk Road, or “one belt and one road”, which would link China and Europe by land and sea. The one belt and one road is a high-level initiative with an enormous importance for the Chinese government. They would, in theory, improve interlinkages between China, Europe, and the intervening regions. Although the details of the initiative remain unclear, the Chinese government intends that it will play an important role in the development of EU-China economic relationships. Its potential impact on the EU will have many dimensions, that are not simply about infrastructure and trade, but also concern key issues such as sustainability.

This Policy Forum will address the question of the New Silk Road's impact on the EU:

  • What is the current state of the New Silk Road project?
  • Does the New Silk Road project merely entail transport systems, or is it a more encompassing concept?
  • What are the economic, political, security, and environmental risks?
  • What sustainability issues does the construction of such a large project entail?
  • Would its construction be positive or negative for Europe’s concept of a green economy?
  • What impact does the project have in the EU and on its policy goals?

The expert panel will consist of the following panellists:

  • Chair: Duncan Freeman, Research Fellow, Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS)


  • Xiang Yu, First Secretary at the Economic & Commercial Counselor’s office of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union
  • Michael Grabicki, Vice President of the ZOA BASF Group
  • Thomas Puls, Senior Economist, Environment, Energy, Transport and Infrastructure, Cologne Institute for Economic Research

Registration & Venue

The policy forum starts at 12:00 and will end at approximately 14:00. A sandwich lunch will be provided between 12:00 and 12:30. Participation is free of charge and open to all, but due to space limitations registration is mandatory.