Конференция ЕВРАЗИЙСКИХ ВНИМАНИЙ в Генте

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Прошлая, текущая и предстоящая динамика в регионе Центральной Азии и их (возможное) воздействие на Европу

Held in Ghent (in Flanders, Belgium) from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 March 2021, the purposes of the event are threefold:

Firstly, to bring together scholars, students, interested members of the public and policymakers working on or interested in the Central Asian region to interact and, as such, strengthen a network of Central Asia-related research and -education in Europe.

Secondly, to show, by examining its identities and historical roots, societal and political dynamics, external interactions, and economy and environment, that the Central Asian region is not merely a passive object in abstract geopolitics, but that it also has histories, societies, identities and aspirations of its own.

Thirdly, examine what (potential) effects and impacts of developments in Central Asia, a region situated right beyond Europe’s eastern rim, have on the EU and Europe in general (and vice-versa).

Central Asia is defined here as the five Central Asia successor states of the Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with Karakalpakstan), and the Chinese province of Xinjiang. However, participation to the event is certainly not limited to the audience of hardcore Central Asia specialists. We encourage cross-case thematic and comparative examinations and, thus, attendance and input by people who work or are interested in the field of EU studies, on Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Islamic world beyond Central Asia, China, …

The conference is interdisciplinary in the humanities (social and political sciences, history, anthropology, cultural and religious studies, social geography …).

Along with the ‘European handbook of Central Asian studies. History, politics and societies,’ which is going to be published in 2021 by ibidem-Verlag in Hannover, this conference is one of the key outcomes of the EISCAS consortium, It offers three days of keynote lectures, round tables and thematic panels.

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SEnECA подошла к концу в декабре 2019 года

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SEnECA’s overall aim was to strengthen and energize the relations between the EU and Central Asia during its two-year-duration and beyond. To achieve this, the consortium, including all five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) has established best practices for researching together in a multinational network and generated expert advice for implementing key aspects of the new 2019 EU Central Asia Strategy.

Furthermore, the project has identified ways to reach out to a wider public with events, workshops, conferences and via social media to disseminate the region and gather input for future cooperation. Besides that, SEnECA has connected stakeholders from the key audiences in politics, science and society, especially new connections between EU- and Central Asian researchers were forged.

Altogether a wide bandwidth for working on the future of EU – Central Asia relations regarding the areas of research, politics and society was created. In the end of December, the SEnECA project will end after two successful years, full of various events, fruitful discussions and many different publications. The whole consortiums wants to thank everyone who participated in the project and says goodbye – there will be new upcoming possibilities to work on and discuss about future EU – Central Asia relations!

Панель SEnECA на Предпрезидентской конференции TEPSA в Загребе, 28.11.2019

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On 28 November 2019, SEnECA organised a panel on the topic “Challenges for the EU connectivity in its immediate neighbourhood and in Central Asia - energy security and sustainability” in the framework of the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Zagreb. Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy general director of the European Commission´s Directorate General on Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), Sinikukka Saari, Senior Associate Analyst at the EU Institute for Security Studies – EUISS, Paris and Alica Kizeková, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, participated as speakers of this panel. The debate was moderated by Ana Maria Boromisa, Research Advisor at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO).

The speakers discussed various approaches for the EU involvement in the connectivity and transport sector in Central Asia, and debated on the role of China and Russia in the region. Maja Bakran stated that many actions have been taken by the EU towards Asia in order to intensify the relations between the two regions, such as the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy, published in 2018, the EU-ASEAN comprehensive air transport agreement (CATA) or the joint study on sustainable railway corridors. However, in order to foster the relations between the two regions in the future, attracting investment will be crucial.

Despite the strategies and activities aiming to connect the EU with Asia, the three panelists put forward obstacles to be considered when shaping the EU’s presence in Central Asia. Sinikkuka Saari mentioned that the infrastructures in the region, clientelism or organized crime, should be considered. Furthermore, Sinikukka Saari reaffirmed that despite the new EU strategy on Central Asia, the EU is not a major player in the region. Alica Kizekova stated that and should include more people-to-people connectivity. “Central Asia should not only be a bridge between Europe and Asia, but also a destination for trade and investment”, she added. Furthermore, Alica Kizekova warned that the EU should be cautious and realistic with its democratic goals in the region, and that its initiatives should be backed by Member States.

The Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs) are the flagship activity of TEPSA. They take place twice a year in the capital of the country which holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU prior to its mandate. The main aim of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences is to bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presidencies. TEPSA Pre-Presidency conferences constitute a major platform for communication and exchange between policy-makers and academia.

Впечатления от итоговой конференции SEnECA, Брюссель, 14-15 ноября 2019 г.

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The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) organized the SEnECA Final Conference “What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?” in Brussels on 14 and 15 November 2019. The event was the concluding conference of the Horizon 2020 project „SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations“. It aimed at bringing together stakeholders working in the field of EU-Central Asia relations in order to discuss SEnECA’s recommendations for the implementation of the new EU strategy on Central Asia and for the future collaboration between the two regions in specific sectors.

The conference was attended by approximately 215 persons including EU policymakers, diplomats, researchers, civil society actors and journalists from Europe and Central Asia. Panel discussions focused on the EU-Central Asian cooperation in education and research, on awareness-raising and communication, on culture as a catalyst of social change, and on connectivity between Asia and Europe. The final panel gave an outlook on EU-Central Asia relations for 2030.

Key speaker Andris Ameriks, vice-chair of the DCAS at the European Parliament (EP), stressed that the current EU legislation (2019-2024) is keen on continuing the successful political cooperation with Central Asia and will soon set up delegations to discuss concrete policies. Ambassador Peter Burian, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, emphasized that Central Asia should not be regarded as a transit region only, but as a place where “trains stop”, referring to how connectivity should play a key role in bringing prosperity to Central Asian societies. The rather positive spirit was upheld during the rest of the 2-day conference where experts on both sides highlighted the benefits of and potential for a deeper cooperation between Central Asia and Europe.

An intriguing discussion took place during the panel on culture as a catalyst for social change. The question was raised how cultural projects can serve as an engine for economic development and a tool to promote human rights and justice. Florian Coppenrath, associated research fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, presented his research results showing that contemporary hip-hop singers have contributed to foster critical debates in the Kyrgyz society. Furthermore, interesting questions on the scope of the term “connectivity” were raised during the panel on that topic. One of the insights gained here was that the EU Connectivity Strategy between Europe and Asia, published in September 2018, understands connectivity especially as digital and human connectivity with infrastructures and financing as enhancing pillars.

All in all, the SEnECA final conference was a highly successful event, not only because it provided the conference participants with the opportunity to discuss SEnECA project results and develop ideas for follow-up research projects, but also because it gave visitors a chance to experience the cultural dimension through the SEnECA Photo Exhibition which depicted pictures of nature and everyday life in Central Asia. The conference concluded with the screening of the Kyrgyz film “The Song of the Tree” that portrayed Kyrgyz cultural traditions and their clashes with modern life.

About SEnECA

The SEnECA project has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and runs from January 2018 to December 2019. It supports cooperation between Central Asia and the European Union by intensifying academic regional networking. The project is led by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the University of Duisburg-Essen and further includes 10 organisations from the EU and Central Asia as members of the project consortium.

Приглашение на заключительную конференцию SEnECA «Какое будущее для отношений ЕС и Центральной Азии?» Брюссель, 14-15 ноября

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Organised by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre international de formation européene (CIFE), the conference of the Horizon 2020 project “SEnECA - Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations” will take place in Square Brussels Convention Center, Brussels, Belgium, on 14-15 November 2019. The conference is the final event of the two-year project after a kick-off meeting in Berlin in January 2018, a networking conference in Riga in April 2018, a midterm conference and scenario workshop in Almaty in January 2019, and a recommendations workshop in Brussels in July 2019. Next to the researchers of the SEnECA consortium, the conference “What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?” addresses academics, government officials, practitioners and experts from Europe and Central Asia in order to discuss the future of EU-Central Asia relations. Peter Burian, the EU’s Special Representative (EUSR) for Central Asia, will be among the conference participants, as well as several ambassadors and representatives of the Central Asian countries.

During the two-day event, SEnECA consortium members will present the outputs of the project and discuss the recommendations to implement the EU’s new Central Asia strategy. The conference features sessions on the EU-Central Asian cooperation in education and research, on communication and knowledge transfer, on culture as a catalyst of social change in Central Asia, and on connectivity between Asia and Europe. Furthermore, the last panel of the conference will be an outlook on EU-Central Asia relations for 2030. Two keynote speeches will be held: One by Andris Ameriks, the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Tajikistan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia (DCAS) on the EP’s perspective on EU-Central Asia relations, and a second by EUSR Peter Burian on the EU’s future role in Central Asia.

The SEnECA Final Conference will also be a good opportunity to see many of the photos of Central Asian nature and everyday life that were shown during the SEnECA Photo Exhibition in April 2019. Moreover, as part of the conference, the Kyrgyz film “The Song of the Tree”, will be screened on the evening of 15 November. The film is set in the XVIII century and portrays the Kyrgyz cultural traditions and their clashes with modern life. Finally, the conference is a good opportunity to network with stakeholders of EU-Central Asia relations from the academia, politics, civil society and the cultural sphere.

About SEnECA

The SEnECA project has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and runs from January 2018 to December 2019. It supports cooperation between Central Asia and the European Union by intensifying academic regional networking. The project is led by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the University of Duisburg-Essen and further includes 10 organisations from the EU and Central Asia as members of the project consortium.

Further information:

UDE: Prof. Dr Michael Kaeding, Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration and European Union Politics, Tel. +49 (0)203 379-2050, michael.kaeding@uni-due.de

IEP: Dr Katrin Böttger, Tel. +49 (0)30 889134-21, katrin.boettger@iep-berlin.de

Press contact: Pol Vila Sarriá, Tel. +32(0)2 511 34 70, pol.vila@tepsa.eu

Зарегистрируйтесь на заключительную конференцию SEnECA «Какое будущее у отношений ЕС и Центральной Азией?», Брюссель, 14-15 ноября

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SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU Central Asia Relations – consortium partners TEPSA and CIFE have the honor to invite you to the SEnECA Final Conference:

What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?

14-15 November

 at “SQUARE” Brussels Convention Center, Rue Ravenstein 2, 1000 Brussels

Room: Hall 400

Programme

During the two-day event, SEnECA consortium members will present the outputs of the project, and will discuss the recommendations to implement the new EU’s Central Asia strategy. The event will also feature a panel on culture as a catalyst of social change in Central Asia, and on connectivity between Asia and Europe. Furthermore, the last panel of the conference will be an outlook on EU-Central Asia relations for 2030. The SEnECA Final Conference will also be a good opportunity to see some of the photos that were exhibited in the SEnECA Photo Exhibition on April 2019. Moreover, as part of the conference, a Kyrgyz film will be screened in the evening of 15 November. The film “The Song of the Tree”, set in the XVIII century, portrays the Kyrgyz cultural traditions and their clashes with modern life.

About SEnECA

The SEnECA project has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme and runs from January 2018 to December 2019. It supports cooperation between Central Asia and the European Union by intensifying academic regional networking. The project is led by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the University of Duisburg-Essen and further includes 10 organisations from the EU and Central Asia as members of the project consortium.

Read and download the agenda for the event

A full  agenda of the event can be accessed here.

Please register for the conference by filling in the registration form on the TEPSA website

You can find the registration form here.

Семинар по рекомендациям SEnECA в Брюсселе 11-12 июля 2019 года

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On 11 and 12 July 2019, the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) organised the SEnECA Recommendations Workshop in Brussels. The goal of the fifth SEnECA event was to bring SEnECA consortium members and Brussels stakeholders together in order to discuss the implementation of the new EU Strategy on Central Asia, which has been ratified by the European Council in June 2019. The strategy means a new depth of cooperation between the two regions, meaning that SEnECA – as a project aiming at strengthening EU-Central Asia relations – is highly interested in advising and supporting the upcoming implementation process of the strategy. The 2-day Recommendations Workshop spurred discussions which will flow into two final SEnECA policy papers to be presented to the public at the SEnECA final conference in Brussels on 14 and 15 November 2019. Once published, the policy papers will then also be available here.

The highlight of the workshop was an elaborate keynote speech of EU Special Representative towards Central Asia, Peter Burian, who has made a great effort visiting European and Central Asian cities during the past two years and consulting with a multitude of public officials, representatives of the private sector and civil society. The result of these consultations is a strategy which “does not only look good on paper, but is supported by the partners in Central Asia and will be fully implemented“, according to Ambassador Burian. The focus of the new strategy is on “partnership for resilience“ and “partnership for prosperity“. These objectives shall be achieved through a number of old and new cooperation tools, one of which stands out: the first "EU-Central Asia Forum". This forum shall regularly bring together representatives of civil society, academics and think tankers as well as officials from the EU and Central Asia.

After Ambassador Burian’s speech, SEnECA consortium members Anna Gussarova (CAISS, Kazakhstan) and Dr. Māris Andžāns (LIIA, Latvia) presented the SEnECA recommendations for the implementation of the new EU strategy. They stressed that special attention should be paid to establishing qualitative and quantitative measurement methods for the assessment of the impact of the strategy and of the developments in the region. Furthermore, the researchers pointed out that the EU should put more effort into improving its image in Central Asia through a thorough communication strategy, which shall make understandable to Central Asians what the EU stands for and what it actually does in the region.

The main part of the workshop consisted of a views exchange with all attendees of the workshop on the presented recommendations. Different aspects of the new strategy and ideas on its implementation  were discussed in three parallel working groups, focusing on 1) political and security relations, 2) economic relations and trade and 3) cultural and other relations respectively. Three representatives of EU institutions introduced the respective working group topic to the participants: Boris Yarochevitch from the EEAS, Maciej Madalinski from DG DEVCO and Angela Atzori from the DG DEVCO;. In the working groups, a variety of stakeholders took part: EU officials, state officials, embassy staff, researchers, representatives of international organisations and civil society. In total 53 people attended the event. The results of the lively debates within the working groups comprise the main part of the two final SEnECA recommendations policy papers.

Day 2 of the Recommendations Workshop offered the opportunity for internal consortium talks and for a mutual update among the partners on the progress within the different work packages. The SEnECA project lasts from January 2018 until December 2019 and will end with a public conference in Brussels on 13-15 November 2019. SEnECA researchers have so far produced 13 policy papers on developments in Central Asia vis-a-vis the European Union and other key actors, 2 background papers on the current state of affairs of Central Asian Studies in the EU and EU Studies in Central Asia, and a Stakeholder Analysis identifying the most important stakeholders in EU- Central Asia relations. In the upcoming months, the project will finalize the Agenda for Future Research Cooperation as well as the Long-Term Central Asia Communication Strategy, among other documents. All published documents can be found on the SEnECA website under Policy Papers.

 

Дискуссионный форум SEnECA на TEPSA конференции в Финляндии

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On 7 June 2019, SEnECA organised a panel on the topic “EU and Russia in Central Asia, Eastern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans” in the framework of the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Helsinki. Julian Plottka (IEP, Germany) participated as a speaker on behalf of the SEnECA consortium. The other speakers were Arkady Moshes, Programme Director at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Pernille Rieker, Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Dušan Reljić, Head of Office, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. The debate was moderated by Atila Eralp, Professor at the Middle East Technical University. A video of the panel discussion can be watched here.

The discussants talked about the involvement of the EU and Russia in Central Asia, Eastern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans. Against the backdrop of the newly published Central Asia strategy of the EU, the speakers discussed how the involvement of the EU might change in the future. Pernille Rieker commented that the Central Asia strategy is  not focused on certain priorities, but instead covers many different policy areas. This is because civil society has been consulted in the preparation for the strategy so that many of the gathered views have been incorporated in this broad framework..

Julian Plottka stated that while it is difficult for the EU to compete with Russia in Central Asia due to Russia’s cultural influence through mass media, among other means, the Central Asian states are still interested in a closer cooperation with the EU. The EU especially has a comparative advantage in the region as a balancing actor and as an actor seeking sustainable connectivity. Arkady Moshes on the other hand assumed that Russia’s influence in Central Asia will diminish in the next years while China will gain more and more importance as an economic and political actor.

The Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPCs) are the flagship activity of TEPSA. They take place twice a year in the capital of the country which holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU prior to its mandate. The main aim of TEPSA’s Pre-Presidency Conferences is to bring together academics and researchers from the broad TEPSA network, policy-makers, media and civil society in order to discuss the agenda and challenges of the upcoming Council Presidencies. TEPSA Pre-Presidency conferences constitute a major platform for communication and exchange between policy-makers and academia.

Впечатления от фотовыставки SEnECA, посвящённой Центральной Азии

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С 4 по 5 апреля Трансъевропейская ассоциация политических исследований организовала в Центре изобразительных искусств «BOZAR» в Брюсселе фотовыставку SEnECA «Повседневная жизнь в Центральной Азии». Фотографии для выставки были отобраны в рамках фотоконкурса, состоявшегося в ноябре 2018 года, на котором были представлены фотографии, изображающие повседневную жизнь в Центральной Азии. Шестерых победителей фотоконкурса из Казахстана, Германии/Кыргызстана, Таджикистана и Узбекистана пригласили на открытие фотовыставки.

На 65 отобранных фотографиях изображены прекрасные пейзажи отдалённых регионов и культурное богатство стран Центральной Азии. Они демонстрируют весьма разнообразные картины повседневной жизни в регионе.  Поскольку фотографии были сделаны 17 фотографами, на них изображены самые разные жизненные реалии региона: от динамики больших городов до размеренного образа жизни кочевников в горах Таджикистана и Кыргызстана. Этот контраст демонстрирует не только сходства и различия между Казахстаном, Кыргызстаном, Таджикистаном, Туркменистаном и Узбекистаном, но и побуждает к размышлениям о связях между Центральной Азией и Европой.

К открытию фотовыставки 4 апреля была приурочена конференция, на которой была произнесена вступительная речь, проведены две подиумные дискуссии и церемония награждения победителей фотоконкурса. В состав участников вошли представители ЕС, дипломаты, журналисты, исследователи, представители гражданского общества и заинтересованные граждане.

Михаэль Кединг, координатор проекта SEnECA, поприветствовал участников и представил аудитории проект. Он подчеркнул важность сотрудничества между различными партнёрами консорциума как из Центральной Азии, так и из Европы, и объявил о будущих мероприятиях проекта SEnECA, которые пройдут в Брюсселе в июле и ноябре 2019 года.

Филипп ван Амерсфоорт, заместитель руководителя Центральноазиатского отдела Европейской службы внешних связей (ЕСВС), подчеркнул в своей вступительной речи, что планируемая Стратегия ЕС в отношении Центральной Азии имеет решающее значение для укрепления отношений между ЕС и регионом. Стратегия будет включать в себя такие темы, как региональное сотрудничество, культура, расширение прав и возможностей женщин и образование. По словам представителя ЕС, в Стратегии также будут играть важную роль тема Афганистана, инвестиции в коммуникации и обеспечение связи между людьми в Центральной Азии.

Ведущей первой подиумной дискуссии на тему «Что означает для Центральной Азии запланированная ЕС стратегия ‘Соединяя Европу и Азию‘» стала Алиса Кизекова, научный сотрудник Пражского института международных отношений. В дискуссии приняли участие следующие спикеры: Андреас Маразис — научный сотрудник Совета европейского соседства, Ян де Кимпе — руководитель некоммерческой Ассоциации организации комплексного снабжения и Филипп ван Амерсфоорт. Филипп ван Амерсфоорт отметил, что тремя приоритетами для будущего отношений ЕС и Центральной Азии являются хорошо отрегулированная структура торговли, развитие трансъевропейских связей и значительные инвестиции в энергетическую и информационную экономику. Андреас Маразис подчеркнул необходимость инвестиций в регион со стороны ЕС с точки зрения сотрудничества, а также отметил, что стратегия должна быть адаптирована под интересы людей. По его словам, во всех запланированных направлениях работы должен присутствовать элемент личной заинтересованности. Ян де Кимпе пролил свет на состояние транспортных маршрутов в регионе и на роль других международных акторов, таких как Китай, в создании дорожного сообщения в Центральной Азии.

Во время второй подиумной дискуссии обсуждался вопрос о том, «Какую роль играют образование и культура в сближении граждан Европы и Центральной Азии?» Роль ведущего взял на себя Юлиан Плоттка из Института европейской политики. Другими участниками дискуссии стали Аида Лиха-Матейчек, глава отдела культуры, образования и здоровья из Генерального директората по вопросам развития и сотрудничества; Луиз Хакстхаузен, директор Бюро связей ЮНЕСКО и Кристиан Вагнер, руководитель группы образовательной платформы Центральной Азии. Лиха-Матейчек подчеркнула, что культура и образование должны стать главными приоритетами для региона и в качестве примера привела программу Эразмус+, являющуюся важным инструментом для расширения сотрудничества в сфере образования между государствами ЕС и Центральной Азии. Кроме того, Луиза Хакстхаузен подчеркнула, что культура и образование имеют решающее значение для будущего людей, и эта область нуждается в большем количестве инвестиций. Наконец, Кристиан Вагнер познакомил аудиторию с историями успеха, в которых важную роль сыграло высококачественное образование в регионе, и рассказал о решающем значении образования для профилактики радикализации.

Перед официальным открытием выставки прошла церемония награждения шести лучших участников фотоконкурса. Участники коротко представились и поделились личными историями, которые скрываются за их страстью к фотографии, а также рассказали о своем отношении к родным странам.

Выставка была открыта для посещения до 5 апреля. В общей сложности выставку посетили 212 человек.

Фотовыставка SEnECA: повседневная жизнь в Центральной Азии

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For many Europeans, Central Asia is a blank spot on the map. Exceptions are those adventurous travelers who upon their return to Europe tell of breathtaking scenery, delicious food and hospitable inhabitants.

The Horizon2020 project SEnECA – “Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations” seeks to raise awareness of this region. We aim to bring Central Asia closer to Europe and to its citizens who have previously had little exposure to the region.

This is why the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) – as a consortium member of SEnECA – will organise a two-day free photo exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts “BOZAR” (Room: Rotunda Bertouille) in Brussels  on 4 and 5 April 2019. It will show the beauty, culture and traditions of Central Asian countries portraying the daily lives of their inhabitants and stimulating a reflection on the differences and similarities between Europe and Central Asia.

The photos displayed have been selected by means of a transnational photo competition that gathered more than 300 pictures from professional and amateur photographers from all around the world. Six winners of the photo contest from Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have been invited to Brussels to attend the opening of the photo exhibition.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on 4 April from 11:00 to 14:30 and will include two panel discussions. The first panel will discuss what the EU’s planned strategy on “Connecting Europe and Asia” means for Central Asia while the second panel will elaborate on what role education and culture can play in bringing European and Central Asian citizens closer together. The panel discussions will involve EU policy-makers such as Philippe van Amersfoort, Deputy Head of Central Asia Division of the European External Action Service, civil society representatives, researchers and other stakeholders from both the EU and Central Asia.

After the panel discussions, the participants will have the chance to look at the photo exhibition and engage in a debate together with the winners of the photo contest.

Programme

   11:00    Registration

   11:15
- 13:25    Panel discussions

  • What does the EU’s planned strategy on “Connecting Europe and Asia” mean for Central Asia?
  • What role do education and culture play in bringing European and Central Asian citizens closer together?

13:25    Award ceremony for winners of photo contest

13:40   Lunch

A full draft agenda of the event can be accessed here.

If you would like to participate in the opening, please register here by 26 March 2019 at the latest.