What model of diplomacy for a future Catalan State? location:Barcelona, Spain date:15 November 2014
Belgium has evolved from a unitary to a federal state through six state reforms (1970, 1980, 1988, 1993, 2001 and 2012). What was the impetus to create federalism? How does the federal system function and what are the consequences of federalism for the position of the federated entities in the European Union (EU)? How does the public diplomacy of the federated entities and especially of Flanders as the most ‘ambitious’ region of Belgium look like? Flanders is a dynamic region, but wants to be more than just a ‘region’. Striving for more autonomy it is at the same time working to become more well-known in Europe and in the world. Flanders has therefore developed an ‘instrumentarium’ of wide ranged measures.