Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures?

A Joint EU Centres’ Conference

16 – 18 October 2017

RMIT City Campus, Melbourne, Australia

Assistant Professor Dr. Natthanan Kunnamas, Director of Centre for European Studies at Chulalongkorn University and Jean Monnet Chair, was invited to attend, as well as present the paper at a joint EU Centres’ conference titled “Fulfilling the Vision: European Union Futures? The conference was held at RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne, Australia during 16 – 18 October 2017. She was accompanied by Mr. Vit Vacharakirin, Educational Affairs Officer.

16 October 2017

The conference started at 09.00 hrs. at RMIT SAB Building 80, Level 7, Lecture Theatre 80.07.01U with the welcome remarks by Professor Calum Drummond, Deputy Vice Chancellor of RMIT and introductory address by His Excellency Michael Pulch, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Australia.


The Plenary Panel 1 under the topic “The European Union in a Multipolar World” started around 09.45 hrs. The panelists were Professor Heribert Dieter from German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Professor Yeo Lay Hwee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

After the break, the session 1 started. There were 3 separate panels in each session. We chose to attend session 1B, EU Policy-Making, Chaired by Serena Kelly. The first presenter in this session was Berengere Greenland on “Strategic Narrative Alignment: Analysing the projection of French and EU narratives about Global Energy Governance”. The second presenter was Krzysztof Sliwinski on “European Politics and the neo-liberal paradigm”. The third topic was “Grand Strategic Thinking in the European Union” by Cesar de Prado.

After lunch, we chose to attend session 2A on Eurozone, chaired by Julian Chaisse. The first topic was “Sovereignty, Currency and Control: The Future of the Eurozone” by Binoy Kampmark. The second topic was “No Grexit: How ending fiscal sovereignty resolved the Greek crisis” by Remy Davison. The third topic was “No future for the Eurozone without far-reaching changes in its economic governance. The fourth topic was “Expressing Greekness in a time of crisis: kalozoia [‘good life’] versus austerity?” by James Headley and Sofia Kalogeropoulou.

The Plenery Panel 2 started around 15.00 hrs. and the panel was chaired by Bruce Wilson. The topic was “Regional Initiatives to Promote Economic and Social Cohesion. The panelists were Alessandro Rainoldi from European Commission Joint Research Centre, Professor Caroline Saunders, Lincoln University, and Professor Robyn Eversole, Swinburne University.

The session 3C on EU and the Eastern Neighbourhood started around 16.30 hrs. The first topic was “Reform of Civil Law and the Transition of Socialism in Eastern Europe and Asia” by Murray Raff. The second topic was “Balkan countries at the crossroads between the EU, Russia and China: is there a beacon of hope?” by Nina Markovic Khaze. The third topic was “The Rule of Law procedure, inner politics and social attitudes: Discourse analysis on the example of Poland” by Robert Mezyk and Nina Mezyk.

17 October 2017

Assistant Professor Dr. Natthanan Kunnamas presented her paper titled “Europexit?: A Study of Populism in Europe”  today in the session 4B on EU Integration. The session was chaired by Professor Martin Holland and there were two more topics presented. The first topic was “Unintended Consequences: Nationalism and European Integration by Ben Wellings and another topic was Inter-Treaty Relations in the EU by Ivana Damjanovic and Ottavio Quirico.

The Plenary Panel 3 on “Harnessing Globalisation to build a better world for the benefit of all” started around 10.45 hrs. The session was chaired by Jane Drake – Brockman and joined by five panelists, which were, Professor Kym Anderson AC, the University of Adelaide, Dr. Yose Rizal Damuri, Center for Strategice and International Studies, Indonesia, Dr. Peter Mumford, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Professor Chistopher Findlay, The University of Adelaide, and Mr. Ivano Casella, EU Delegation to Australia.

The Plenary Panel 4 started around 13.00 hrs. with Annmarie Elijah as a chair person. There panelists were HE Ms Unni Klovstad, Ambassador of Norway to Australia, and HE Dr. Bernhard Zimburg, Ambassador of Austria to Australia.

The next session was session 5C on EU and ASEAN Countries with Evi Fitriani as a chair person. The first presentation was “Accord and Ready-made Garments in Bangladesh: The new phrase of Participation” by Tasmiha Tarafder. The second presentation was “European Union and International Criminal Court: Examining International Cooperation and Judicial Assistance, the Case of Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir. The third presentation was “EU-Vietnam Trade Relations and the Driving Force behind Them” by Hang Nguyen Thi Thuy.

The last session of the second day was Plenary Panel 5, chaired by Bruno Muscitelli. The topic was Australia-EU Business and Policy Links. The panelists were Melissa Conley Tyler, Australian Institute of International Affairs and Tim Carroll from Austrade.

The second day ended with a Conference Dinner from 18.30 – 21.00 hrs.

18 October 2017

Session 6 started around 09.00 hrs. Assistant Professor Dr. Natthanan Kunnamas was a chair person for session 6B on EU Integrations (2). There were three presentations in this session. The first was “A European crisis of democracy or just testing the boundaries?” by Rita Parker. The second was “Constitutional Moment – How to refound the European Union” by Prachant Sabharwal. The third presentation was “Less Ambitious Stimulus: Trichotomous Europeanisation Process in the South Caucasus” by Daviti Mtchedlishvili.

The last session of the conference, which was the Plenary Panel 6, started around 10.45 hrs. with Natalia Chaban as a chair person. The topic was “Studying The European Union: Global Perspectives”. The panelists were Professor Paulo Canelas from University of Macau, Dr. Evi Fitriani, University of Indonesia, and Associate Professor Bruno Mascitelli from Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia.

After the conclusion and wrap up by Professor Jacqueline Lo, the conference ended at around 12.00 hrs.