Europe’s answer to economic warfare: The EU’s anti-coercion instrument and building sovereignty in a networked world

Join ECFR in this two-part event on the EU’s potentially game-changing geopolitical instrument against economic blackmail from great powers, and the principles that should guide Europe’s quest for economic sovereignty

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Guests

Part I: The EU’s anti-coercion instrument, 11:00 – 11:45 CET

  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People

Part II: Building economic sovereignty in a networked world, 11:45 – 12:30 CET

  • Gabrielius Landsbergis, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
  • Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, France
  • Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Vice-Chair, International Trade Committee, European Parliament
  • Wolfgang Niedermark, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries (BDI)
  • Anna Stellinger, Director, International and EU Affairs, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise

Chaired by

  • Jonathan Hackenbroich, Policy Fellow for Economic Statecraft, ECFR
  • Jeremy Shapiro, Research Director, ECFR

Join the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in this two-part event on the EU’s potentially game-changing geopolitical instrument against economic blackmail from countries like China, Russia, and Turkey, as well as latterly the United States under Donald Trump, and the principles that should guide Europe’s quest for economic sovereignty, as seen from EU member states, the European Parliament and businesses.

In the first half of the event, the Executive Vice President will explain how the anti-coercion instrument can strengthen the EU’s toolbox in a globalised world defined by interdependence and competition, where economic tools are increasingly weaponised by other countries for geopolitical gain.

In the second half of the event, the panel will discuss Europe’s economic sovereignty and the anti-coercion instrument. What is the right balance between engagement and defensive capabilities? Can an economic deterrent make a difference for citizens, business and European interests?

ECFR has worked with several European governments and the private sector to think through these challenges. Read more about the Task Force for Strengthening Europe against Economic Coercion here.