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Europe in Danger: What next for EU security and defence? - EVENT

18.01.2022

An event co-organised by the European External Action Service and the EU Institute for Security Studies.

From the return of power politics and zero-sum conflicts to the instrumentalisation of migrants and cyberattacks, Europe is under threat. The classical distinction between war and peace is diminishing and the European Union faces increased competition, intimidation and coercion. International politics is increasingly transactional, EU values and multilateralism are being challenged, whereas democratic freedoms and international law are questioned. In short, Europe is in danger.

How can the Union operate in such an increasingly competitive strategic environment? How does it avoid ‘strategic shrinkage’, where it is at risk of being always principled but seldom relevant? The European Union has no choice but to build up its ability to provide security for its citizens, to protect its values and interests and to contribute to international peace and security. If the Union wants dialogue, diplomacy and multilateralism to succeed, it needs to develop both the language and capabilities of power. The Strategic Compass is expected to address these questions.

Looking ahead to 2022 and beyond, Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP), delivered a keynote speech on 25 January 2022 outlining what is at stake for EU security and defence and outlining his political priorities. Following this opening, the HR/VP engaged in a moderated panel discussion.

Watch to the HR/VP keynote speech on Ebshttps://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-217089 

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PROGRAMME25 January 2022

17:30-17:40INTRODUCTIONFlorence GAUBDeputy Director, EU Institute for Security Studies

17:40-18:00KEYNOTE SPEECHJosep BORRELL FONTELLESHigh Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

18:00-19:25PANEL DISCUSSIONModeratorValentina POPEurope Express Editor, Financial Times 

SpeakersJosep BORRELL FONTELLESHigh Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European CommissionNathalie LOISEAUChair, Sub-Committee on Security and Defence, and Member of the European ParliamentAlexander STUBBProfessor and Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University InstituteRobert VASSFounder and President, GLOBSEC

19:25-19:30CONCLUDING REMARKSFlorence GAUBDeputy Director, EU Institute for Security Studies

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