Can Europe stand up to Chinese and Russian economic coercion? 

The European Council on Foreign Relations in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU is delighted to invite you to a debate on the principles that should guide Europe’s quest for economic sovereignty

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Guests

Opening words:

  • Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, France

Panel:

  • Arancha González Laya, Chair, Wise Persons Group on Challenges Facing the European Union; former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
  • Krister Nilsson, State Secretary to Anna Hallberg, Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs, Sweden
  • Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, France
  • Martina Tauberová, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs and Foreign Trade, Czech Republic

Chaired by

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

The European Council on Foreign Relation in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU is delighted to bring to you, a debate on the principles that should guide Europe’s quest for economic sovereignty.

China has been hitting at Lithuania over recent weeks and is now also targeting the EU’s single market. Russia meanwhile squeezes Europe on its energy supply:  

  • What are the key geoeconomic challenges Europe faces?
  • How can Europe build strong defences and a comprehensive resilience architecture, with an anti-coercion instrument and beyond?

Join this panel with views from across Europe to hear how the EU can thrive in a world of geo-economic competition.

ECFR created a task force to work with European governments and the private sector and think through these challenges. The latest report Tough Trade The hidden costs of economic coercion shows how the EU also requires a comprehensive resilience architecture, including a Resilience Office and a reformed Blocking Statute to counter secondary sanctions. 

The event will be on-the-record and in French and English with simultaneous translation (translation only available for registered Zoom participants).