On the morning of April 24, 2019, the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics cooperated with the French Embassy in Viet Nam to organize the workshop “Europe and Asia: Connection strategy and European Union (EU) context today”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Van Ran, Director of Institute of International Relations, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics; Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Van, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics; Dr. Hubert Petit, French Community Ambassador, lecturer of French National Administration (ENA) co-chaired the workshop
Speaking at the workshop, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Van Ran, Director of the Institute of International Relations affirmed that EU was a specific political and economic entity with a long process of formation and development. The success of the integration process in EU has proved that this is an inevitable trend of development. However, EU is now facing many difficulties, challenges and the strategy for connecting Asia and Europe is one of the solutions for the EU to overcome those challenges. Therefore, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Van Ran emphasized the necessity and importance of understanding the strategy of connecting Europe - Asia and the current EU context for Viet Nam.
Overview of the workshop
Reporting at the seminar, Dr. Hubert Petit, Ambassador of the French Community, ENA lecturers introduced an overview of the characteristics of the internal network within the EU and the connection of the EU and Asia, including Viet Nam and Southeast Asia with an aim to bring benefits to all parties. Dr. Hubert Petit also explained the basic principles of connectivity, including: i) the availability of budget, environment, social and economy ii) the complete focus on all aspects from transport to digital communications, energy and human and; iii) the establishment on the basis of international rules and regulations to ensure a smooth and fair circulation of goods, capital, and people ...
Dr. Hubert Petit said that Europe and Asia currently accounted for 60% of the world’s total product and income and nearly 70% of the world’s total population. Asia is predicted to be the largest growth zone and also the region with the largest demand for energy and infrastructure investment in the coming time. According to the Asian Development Bank, Asia will invest more than 1.3 billion euros per year to develop infrastructure and the EU is willing to help Asian countries to mobilize public and private finance through guarantee, loan ... to develop the connection network of Asian countries, strengthen and promote Asia-Europe connectivity on the basis of the principles of connectivity that the EU agreed as above. Dr. Hubert Petit said that together we could create a motivation for a more fair, sustainable and prosperous future for Europe, Asia and the world.
Dr. Hubert Petit gave a presentation at the workshop
Regarding the current situation of EU, Dr. Hubert Petit said that EU was a specific entity that could not be attached to a federal state and compared with any other international organizations. Clearly, the common currency has replaced the local currency of the country members in eurozone in economic and trade relations with EU. Another important factor is the management of the monetary policies entrusted to EU agencies which are independent of the State, especially the European Central Bank. Economic and monetary policy seems to be a very important point making EU almost like a federal State but not enough to identify EU as a federal state. At the same time, EU is not an international organization, especially when EU is often defined as a “supranational institution” because many powers of the states are transferred to EU in many fields. EU is also defined as a “specific construction structure”. Therefore, with a unique nature, it is difficult to provide a legal identification for EU.
Obviously, EU should not be identified with classic diagrams. EU is in fact not legally identified because it is an entity different from any other entities. EU is unique and there is no such an entity since the early days of its construction in the 1950s to date. From Viet Nam’s perspective, EU is a new type of political system, because national and European institutions are established in a connected relationship with each other, creating legal capacity for EU. Although EU cannot be compared to institutions under international law, EU is an unprecedented entity in international relations that should be appreciated with community law as a foundation and should be noted for its specific legal forms.
Dr. Hubert Petit is a French with 33 university degrees recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records, including medicine, law, economics, political science, international relations, mathematics, literature, diplomacy, epidemiology, sociology, ethnology, language and oriental civilization ... He is an alumni and currently a lecturer at ENA (France). He is the ambassador for the French Community. He has served in various EU diplomatic missions. Previously, he held positions at the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and French Embassy in Egypt.
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