Institut d'etudes Européennes
De l'Université libre de Bruxelles

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Series of Events - A surprising Switzerland for Tomorrow’s Europe

Although it might surprise some, the Euro -Swiss relationship is of a particular importance in a whole host of areas.

As such, the European Union (EU) and Switzerland are respectively each other’s fourth and first export destination; their financial markets and institutions are uniquely intertwined; and their cross-border flows - whether intellectual or human - are remarkably intense.

So it should come as no surprise that the EU and Switzerland will play a notable role in shaping each other’s futures. Fostering a deeper understanding of this oft underestimated relationship is therefore particularly welcome. With this purpose in mind, the Mission of Switzerland to the European Union and the Rectorat of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) decided to join forces and entrust the ULB’s Institute for European Studies with the organization of a series of events highlighting the surprising role Switzerland is to play in view of Europe’s future.

Over a 2-year period, a series of events kick-started in January 2014 will include conferences and seminars on a host of complementary themes, including: (1) international humanitarian law and action; (2) regulation and financial markets; (3) renewed cooperation and bilateral integration; and (4) the role of multinational enterprises in strengthening economic competitiveness. Finally, the cycle will also include a graduate summer school in 2015.

Incoming events:


GEM Graduate Summer School (MA and PhD level) 

MONDAY JUNE 22nd to FRIDAY JUNE26, 2015, for more information, please click on this link.

Past events:

The ICRC: 150 years of Humanitarian Law and Action

Conference, in French, by Dr Peter Maurer

President of the International Red Cross Committee

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29th from 7:00 PM, for more information, please click on this link.



Conference, in French, by Mr. Yves ROSSIER

Foreign State Secratary of the Swiss Confederation

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER the 15th 2014 from 18.30, for more information, please click on this link.


Roundtable “Space related public policies in Europe”

THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER 2014 at 15:30, for more information, please click on this link


Conference "Comment faire rêver de l'Espace"

Conference, in French, by M. Claude Nicollier
Astrophysician and Astronaut of the European Space Agency
THURSDAY 4 DECEMBER 2014 at 18:00, for more information, please click on this link

The Societal Role of a Multinational Today

Conference by M. Paul BULCKE, Chief Executive Officer Nestlé S.A.

THURSDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2015 at 18:30, for more information, please click on this link

Switzerland at the heart of Europe: Between Independence and Interdependence

Conference by M. Thomas JORDAN, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank

TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2015 at 18:00, for more information, please click on this link