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Katedra Integracji Europejskiej im. J. Monneta : EU – China
Katedra Integracji Europejskiej im. J. Monneta

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 ​EU – China Trade and Economic Relations in the Post-Crisis Era

EU – China Trade and Economic Relations in the Post-Crisis Era
organized by Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, East Asian Centre and Institute of International Economics
Warsaw School of Economics, November 21-22, 2013
Recent global economic crisis inspired a number of structural reforms within the economic framework of the European Union. Such a speed and number of changes have never been experienced in the EU before. What is more, the crisis also revealed a high level of economic interdependence between the EU and its global partners, including China.
Although huge reforms have been implemented, European Union is far from being safe from economic turbulences. Certain EU Member States are still deeply indebted and strive for investments to restore growth. The entire Union constantly struggles to retrieve the pre-crisis reputation on international markets.
On the other side of the globe, China, with the highest volume of currency reserves in the world, and seemingly healthy macroeconomic situation, is more and more active on the European market, which is not always welcome by Europeans.
Both the EU, as China’s largest trading partner, and China, as the EU second largest partner, affect substantially each other’s economic position. Apart from the day-to-day economic relations, there are also plenty of issues that are of high concern for both sides.
The main purpose of the two-day conference is to reflect on a number of challenges that both regions face in the medium and long-term perspective. The first day will be devoted to a high-level political and economic dialogue on broad issue of the EU-China trade and economic relations in the aftermath of recent global economic crisis. Both European and Chinese representatives from governments, business, and academia will be invited. The second day will offer an opportunity for PhD students with their expertise in the field of EU – China economic relations to present their recent papers and research results in line with main issues described below.

 Conference Programme


Thursday, November 21, 2013 (auditorium VII, main building of the Warsaw School of Economics)

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Opening speech by Mr. Filip Grzegorzewski, Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Session I: EU – China political and economic relations in the aftermath of the global economic crisis: strategic perspective

The EU is entering a new phase in which the recently taken economic reforms are beginning to bear real fruits. Economic forecasts predict re-emergence of growth in EU27 for the years to come. However Europe is still far from being safe from economic turbulences. On the other side of the globe, after a slight slowdown, China re-enters on previous growth-path. With further dynamic economic development and modernisation of its economy, China begins to face serious structural and social problems. This panel is to shed light on several interactions between two partners in the next years. Taking into account the position of EU and China in the world economy and world politics, it’s obvious that the future of bilateral relations is important not only for both partners but also for the stability and prosperity of global order. How can the EU and China arrange their relations in order to cope with emerging economic problems? How can they cooperate in the future to extend the mutual advantages? What will be the role of EU and China within the broad economic landscape of the world economy?

Session Chair:  Prof. Dr. Adam BUDNIKOWSKI, Warsaw School of Economics, Dean of the Collegium of World Economy and Director of Institute of  International Economics

Prof. Dr. Roman KUŹNIAR, Advisor to the President of Poland
Dr. Ewa SYNOWIEC, Head of the European Commission Representation in Poland
Prof. Dr. SONG Xinning, Renmin University
Mr. Antonio PARENTI, Deputy of the Head of the Far East Unit, DG Trade, European Commission

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Session II.  EU - China business perspectives – towards win-win solution

Having analysed mutual trade relations from the business perspective it is easy to notice a number of trade barriers and other obstacles. These barriers have not only a negative impact on business activity, but also cause clashes at the political level. The panel will deal with main problems facing the EU – China business relations. Fundamental question concerning how to overcome trade barriers will be addressed. In other words, panelists will try to search for an answer what kind of solutions should be adopted at the macro- and micro level in order to facilitate business development, towards a win-win situation for both partners?

Session Chair: Mr. Sławomir MAJMAN, President of the Polish Agency of Information and Foreign Investment

Mr. Ma CHANGLIN, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Embassy of the People´s Republic of China to the Republic of Poland (to be confirmed)
Mr. Marcin  NIEWDANA, President of Board,  LOTOS Oil S.A.
Mr. Jin NING,  Vice General Manager, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe) S.A. Poland Brand
Mr. Andrzej PIECZONKA, First Counsellor, Director of Trade and Investment Promotion Section, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Shanghai

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee break

4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Session III. International trade relations – what kind of role for China and EU

Beside the US, both the EU and China are the biggest global trading partners. They are also highly interdependent economies, which was perfectly visible during the recent economic crisis. The crisis also had its effect on the partners’ attitude towards global economy, resulting in a rise of protectionism. The panel is to discuss potential changes in bilateral trade agenda. There are still a number of issues that need to be resolved in order to mitigate protectionism threats and to expand trade as a countermeasure to global economic downturn. Will EU and China be able to remove all obstacles on the road to freer trade? Is EU ready for higher activity of Chinese corporations on its territory? Is China a threat or a chance for EU economic competitiveness?

Session Chair:  Prof. Dr. Elżbieta KAWECKA-WYRZYKOWSKA, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of World Economy

Prof. Dr. FAN Ying, China Foreign Affairs University „An analysis on China’ODI to EU: Performance and Challenges”,
Prof. Dr. CHEN Xin, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences “Trade conflicts between EU and China: Are There Any Solutions to Solve Them?”
Dr. Niall DUGGAN, Göttingen University  „China's role in global financial crisis”
Prof. Dr. Guenter HEIDUK, Warsaw School of Economics „China's changing competitiveness in international trade - Implications for the EU” 
7:00 p.m.
Conference dinner (upon invitation)

Friday, November 22, 2013 (room 152, main building of the Warsaw School of Economics)

9.30 a.m. – 12.a.m.
Papers to be presented by Ph.D. students
Session Chair: Prof. Dr Kazimierz STARZYK, Warsaw School of Economics, Collegium of World Economy
Mr. Grechyn, Viktor V.;  National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, (Ukraine), Trade balance deficit as the inevitable consequence of reserve currency adoption (comparison of the EMU and US cases)

Mr. In der Heiden, Peter Thomas;  Mercator School of Management, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Industrial policy guidance for international trade of steel products in China

Ms. McCaleb, Agnieszka; Warsaw School of Economics (Poland); The role of home country institutions in internationalization of Japanese, Korean and Chinese MNCs

Mr. Skrzek, Michał; Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), Upgrading in global value chains through foreign direct investment: case of Chinese automotive industry

Mr. Wojciechowski, Michał; Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), Chinese Economy During Crisis Period of 2008-2012 in Comparison to Brazil, Russia and India

12:00 a.m.




Professor Elzbieta Kawecka-Wyrzykowska, Ph.D.
Head of Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Collegium of World Economy

Professor Adam Budnikowski, Ph.D.
Dean of Collegium of World Economy, Director of Institute of International Economics

Professor Guenter Heiduk, Ph.D.
Director of East Asian Centre, Collegium of World Economy

Alina Szypulewska-Porczyńska, Ph.D.
Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Collegium of World Economy

Michał Szwabe, Ph.D.
Institute of International Economics, Collegium of World Economy

Monika Harach, M.Sc.
Ph.D. student, Institute of International Economics, Collegium of World Economy

Michał Skrzek, M.Sc.
Ph.D. student, Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration, Collegium of World Economy





Please send an e-mail to Monika Harach  monika.harach@doktorant.sgh.waw.pl


If you have any questions about registration, please contact Monika Harach monika.harach@doktorant.sgh.waw.pl

Conference fee

There is no conference fee. Conference participation is free of charge.




Monika Harach monika.harach@doktorant.sgh.waw.pl

Michał Skrzek   michal.skrzek@doktorant.sgh.waw.pl 

Phone: +48 503160356


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