EU Director Thomas Roe Visits NZ

The EUCN was fortunate to welcome European Director Thomas Roe to New Zealand during the middle of July for events in Wellington and Christchurch. Mr Roe’s career as part of the European Commission started back in 1980 with his general orientation surrounding relations with Asia, at one point being Head of delegation to Hong Kong and a key player in the nascent ASEM initiative.Subsequently, Mr. Roe’s seminar was titled Europe’s Role in Asia – Soft Power but not Hard Player?  And concerned the EU’s evolution in relations with Asia, from very simple relations in the early 1990s where the EU perhaps underestimated the potential of Asia to recent relations which have become salient in EU foreign policy – resulting in the ASEM process and the potential for a number of FTA’s with Asian countries (Korean FTA signed 2011). Mr Roe’s seminars were highly entertaining and his intricate knowledge of the EU gave participants unique insight into the burgeoning relations between the EU and Asia. 

The EUCN was fortunate to welcome European Commissioner Thomas Roe to New Zealand during the middle of July for events in Wellington and Christchurch. Mr Roe’s career as part of the European Commission started back in 1980 with his general orientation surrounding relations with Asia, at one point being Head of delegation to Hong Kong and a key player in the nascent ASEM initiative.Subsequently, Mr. Roe’s seminar was titled Europe’s Role in Asia – Soft Power but not Hard Player?  And concerned the EU’s evolution in relations with Asia, from very simple relations in the early 1990s where the EU perhaps underestimated the potential of Asia to recent relations which have become salient in EU foreign policy – resulting in the ASEM process and the potential for a number of FTA’s with Asian countries (Korean FTA signed 2011). Mr Roe’s seminars were highly entertaining and his intricate knowledge of the EU gave participants unique insight into the burgeoning relations between the EU and Asia.

If you would like to see excerpts from Thomas Roe's lecture, follow the link here to EUANZ.tv. Enjoy!