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EPC Fortnightly Update

Friday, 26 February 2021


Fabian Zuleeg
Chief Executive, European Policy Centre
Janis Emmanouilidis
Director of Studies, European Policy Centre
Ricardo Borges de Castro
Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme, European Policy Centre


Jacki Davis
Meade Davis Communications

EPC Associate Director and Head of the Europe in the World Programme Ricardo Borges de Castro, EPC Director of Studies Janis A. Emmanouilidis and EPC Chief Executive Fabian Zuleeg will cover two main topics at this EPC Fortnightly Update reflecting the subjects  on the agenda of the European Council videoconference on 25-26 February. Firstly, we will discuss some of the key challenges in coordinating the EU’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the production and rollout of vaccines and the movement of persons in light of the expansion of the new coronavirus variantsHow can the EU strengthen its resilience to healths threats and what are the potential next steps in the follow-up to the Commission’s health union package? How can the EU reinforce international solidarity and international health cooperation in light of the experience of the current pandemic?
Secondly, we will analyse developments in the area of security and defence and the Union’s relations with the southern neighbourhood. What does the election of President Biden mean for the EU’s security and defence policy? How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the debate on strategic autonomy? Has it accelerated efforts to implement the ambition of strategic autonomy in practice or has it rather revealed further weaknesses? What does NATO’s 2030 initiative mean for the EU and the ongoing cooperation between both organisations? Should the EU adopt a similar timeframe for the enhancement of its strategic autonomy? Finally, is the EU’s new “Agenda for the Mediterranean” a game-changer or more of the same, and what are the pitfalls?


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