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EU-China High Level people to people Dialogue (HPPD) since 2012:
Over the past decade the EU and China have closely cooperated in the areas of education,
training, culture, multilingualism and youth through sector-focused policy dialogues. In 2012,
the European Commission and China decided to integrate these sector activities under the
HPPD, which complements the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue and High
Level Strategic Dialogue.
The HPPD is the overarching mechanism which accommodates all EU-China joint initiatives in
the field of people to people exchanges. The HPPD officially helps build mutual trust and
consolidate intercultural understanding with China. It is mainly a diplomatic exercise to
communicate on non-controversial aspects of our cooperation with China.
The first round
of the EU-China HPPD was held in Brussels on 18 April 2012. On that
occasion Commissioner Vassiliou and Vice-Premier Liu Yandong endorsed a document with
follow-up actions, which led in particular to:
• The adoption of a Joint Declaration on EU-China cultural cooperation following the success
of the 2012 EU-China Year of Intercultural Dialogue;
• The launch in April 2013 of the EU-China Higher Education Platform for Cooperation and
Exchange (HEPCE), which has been organised four times;
• A mapping of EU-China cultural stakeholders and cooperation projects;
The second round
of the EU-China HPPD was held in Beijing on 6 September 2014. On that
occasion Commissioner Vassiliou and Vice-President Liu Yandong signed a Joint
Communiqué. One of the immediate follow-up actions was the inclusion of the EU-China
Tuning initiative within the scope of the HPPD. The project aims at strengthening the
compatibility of EU and China education systems as well as enhancing outcome-based
education. The first phase ended in May 2014.
The third EU-China HPPD
took place in Brussels on 15 September 2015 between
Commissioner Navracsics and Vice-Premier Liu Yandong. The event aimed to celebrate the
40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations. Thematic panels on education, culture,
youth and gender equality were held as side events.
On 11 October 2016 the first China-EU Education Ministers Conference
took place in
Beijing, with the Sino-Europe Forum on Education Policy Think Tanks held in the margins.
Many topics were discussed, including the progress in the participation of China in the EU-led
U-Multirank. It was also agreed to extend the Tuning study. The U-Multirank system is
conceived to make it easier to compare universities, to help students make an informed choice
about where to study, but also to provide a benchmark for universities. Currently 1600
universities from 95 countries around the world are featured in the system. 96 of these
universities are from China
At the occasion of the 18th EU-China Summit, it was agreed that 2018 would be the "EU-
China Year of Tourism". Its specific objectives were agreed at the 19th EU China Summit in
June 2017, including promoting lesser-known destinations, improving travel and tourism
experiences and providing opportunities to increase economic cooperation.
The fourth meeting
of the dialogue took place in Shanghai on 13-14 November 2017.
In the field of culture
, the focus was on city-to-city interactions, exploiting synergies between
the European Capitals of Culture and Culture Cities of East Asia. It was an occasion to take
stock of progress achieved under Erasmus+ mobility actions as well as with the Tuning
research project, U-Multirank, and the establishment of Confucius centres in Europe. A
series of satellite events were held in the margin of the HPPD. These events brought
together experts from China and the EU to promote cooperation and peer-learning. In the
framework of the dialogue on gender equality
, women economic empowerment and work-
life balance were the main topics addressed. The role of youth
in cultural diplomacy was the
focus of the youth seminar; whereas in the field of sport,
physical activity, sport education
and coach mobility were the main focus (European week of Sport). Commissioner invited 10
representatives of EU MS and sport movements to discuss the development of sport and
possible cooperation between EU and China. As a follow up representatives of Chinese sport
administration where invited to the EU Sport Forum (March 2018; Mr Bo Chu, Director
General, Sport Policy and Regulation Department, General Administration of Sport of China
presented preparations to Beijing 2022). Currently, we are running a Preparatory Action on
Mobility and exchanges where one of the focus is cooperation with Asia.
Throughout the history of the HPPD there have been several EU-China Thematic Years,
including the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth, the 2012 EU-China Year of Intercultural
Dialogue and 2018 EU-China Year of Tourism.
DG-EAC will lead the preparation of the fifth round of the HPPD, which will be hosted in
Brussels in 2020. It will be the first HPPD event for the newly elected Vice-Premier Mrs Sun