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An innovative initiative

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The 2007 meeting was built around two major stages:

  • The workshops of 4 and 5 October 2007, distributed into 23 different cities in 8 European countries
  • The plenary sessions of 6 and 7 October 2007 for the convergence of all participants in Brussels

The Second Biennial brought together 850 participants, 300 Chinese and 550 Europeans. Nearly 20 main socio-professional categories of players, including religious leaders, businessmen, representatives of the non-for-profit world and of the academic world, were represented.

The innovative format of the 2007 meeting guaranteed freedom of tone and generated a new spirit. The workshops, with 14 Europeans and 5 Chinese on average, were designed to comprise four sessions, allowing Chinese, then European participants to give a dynamic presentation of the transformations at work in their respective societies, to identify convergences and differences as well as the means to cope with them, together and in a responsible way.

Participants agreed that this discussion format allowed true discovery and understanding of respective realities, ranging from access to the Internet in China to the role of universities in Europe, as well as a positive deconstruction of the image of others, and even swept away the idea that there was a European point of view on the one hand, and a Chinese point of view on the other.

Public recognition

The 2007 Biennial Meeting was officially recognised by the European and Chinese authorities.

It was supported by Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission and Mr Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the European Parliament, and, during the plenary sessions in Brussels, there was contribution from all the major European institutions — Commission, Parliament, European Council, European Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions — as well as from the Chinese authorities — Mr Guan Chengyuan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Head of Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union and Ms Zhang Qiyue, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Belgium.

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2007 Biennial Meeting

Ajuntament de Barcelona Embassy of China in Belgium Brussels Airlines European Committee of the Regions European Economic and Social Committee European Economic and Social Committee European Commission Compagnia di San Paolo European Union Delegation in China Evens Foundation Fondation Bernheim Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind Henry Fok Foundation Fondation Roi Baudoin Generalitat de Catalunya Hainan Airlines Chinese Ministry of Education China Mission to the European Union European Parliament Regione Piemonte Région Rhône Alpes Robert Bosch Stiftung Thalys European Union City of Turin