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Open strategic autonomy: What does it entail for EU trade policy?

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Thursday, 03 September 2020
 09:00 - 10:00
By invitation only


Phil Hogan
European Commissioner for Trade


Fabian Zuleeg
Chief Executive, European Policy Centre

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on international trade, with world trade expected to fall between 13% and 32% in 2020. As recognised by the EU member states in their proposed joint recovery plan for Europe, the pandemic will lead to economic disruption which will last longer than the ongoing health crisis. World economies may see a larger degree of state intervention and protectionism, while calls for re-thinking globalisation and reshoring industries grow louder. Europe is no exception to this trend, with EU member states intervening in the economy as never before. Simultaneously, some countries are asking for the EU to redouble its efforts in greening trade policy and promoting technological sovereignty.

In response to the these challenges, Commissioner Hogan has advocated for a model of ‘open strategic autonomy’ reaffirming the complementarity between fair, open, rules-based trade as a vehicle for competitive, dynamic and sustainable economies while, at the same time, being more assertive in addressing unfair trade practices undermining this objective as well as the supply chain diversification..  What are the concrete implications of this concept for EU trade policy? Are new tools needed to protect Europe from unfair trading practices? Does Europe need to more actively diversify its supply chains? What scope is there for WTO reform and for repairing multilateralism? And what are the implications for the EU’s trade relations with the US, China, the UK and other trade partners?  

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Trade, will address these and other questions in this online Sixty Minute Briefing. Moderated by Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive of the European Policy Centre.


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