2016 Seminars Semester 1 - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

2016 Seminars - Semester 1

SEMESTER 1

Friday,

6 May 2016

Undercroft 101

Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues Seminar Series

Speaker: H.E. Rob Zaagman (Dutch Ambassador to New Zealand)

Title: Turbulent Times for the Dutch EU Presidency

Abstract:

As a state with a strong adherence to multilateralism, the Netherlands has been among the founding members of international organisations like the United Nations, NATO and the European Union. It holds the rotating Presidency of the European Union in the first half of 2016. This is a time in which Europe is under pressure from both internal and external challenges. Which are those challenges and what is the Dutch perspective on dealing with them? 

Bio:

Ambassador Zaagman took up office in Wellington in mid-August 2014. Prior to this, he was the Consul-General of the Netherlands in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany (2010-2014). From 2008 to 2010, he was the Ambassador for International Organizations in the Netherlands, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hague, the Netherlands. He has been with the Dutch MFA since 1988, serving before as assistant professor of international law at Utrecht University and with the Dutch army.

Friday,

13 May 2016

Undercroft 101

Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues Seminar Series

Speaker: H.E. Zbigniew Gniatkowski (Polish Ambassador to New Zealand)

Title: “Ukraine, its reforms and EU aspirations”

Abstract:

Ukraine plays a crucial role in maintaining stability of Europe. The European Union is determined to ensure that Ukraine has all the support to undertake the political and economic reforms.

EU-Ukraine relations are based on three pillars: the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (divided in two components: political and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area), the Visa Liberalization Action Plan and the EU assistance to Ukraine (both financial and technical).

The DCFTA has provisionally entered into force on 1st January 2016. However AA/DCFTA can enter fully into force only after being ratified by all of the 28 EU member states. Therefore, in the aftermath of a Dutch no-vote, it is still to be found a viable solution. 

The EU, including Poland and other member states, consider illegal annexation of Crimean Peninsula by Russia as a severe breach of international law and serious infringement towards post-Cold War order in Europe.

It is our best interest to see Ukraine with stable political system, prospering market economy and blooming civil society. We must commend Ukraine for its commitment to the process of reforms that are necessary to consolidate a democratic, united and prosperous Ukraine. Yet, the process of helping Ukraine to fulfill its European ambitions is still on the way.

 

Bio:

Zbigniew Gniatkowski is a Polish career diplomat. He started his mission as Poland’s Ambassador to New Zealand in August 2014. Earlier he worked as Head of Press and Deputy Head of the European Commission Representation in Warsaw. When Poland entered the European Union in 2004 Zbigniew Gniatkowski was posted in Brussels as Press Counsellor in the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union where he served until 2008. In the 1990-ies, before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was TV and radio journalist. He graduated from the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw (2001) and the Catholic University of Lublin (1996).

Friday,

20 May 2016

Undercroft 101

Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues Seminar Series

Speaker: H.E. Zbigniew Gniatkowski

Title: tbc

Abstract: tbc

Bio: tbc

Friday,

27 May 2016

Undercroft 101

Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues Seminar Series

Speaker: H.E. Florence Jeanblanc-Risler

Title: tbc

Abstract: tbc

Bio: tbc

Friday,

3 June 2016

Solidarnosc Room, Logie 104

Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues Seminar Series

Speaker: tbc

Title: tbc

Abstract: tbc

Bio: tbc


 

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