Online event

Strategic autonomy and the transformation of the EU

The event is co-hosted by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, the Jacques Delors Centre and Egmont Institute.

The increasingly complex and competitive international environment pushes the EU and its member states to rethink some basic tenets of the Union’s economic, foreign and security policy. EU strategic autonomy emerged as a guiding, yet contested, principle in the policy debates in Brussels and national capitals. It describes various EU and member state efforts to better handle global interdependencies that might constrain Europe’s ability to decide and act according to its own choices. This event marks the launch of the FIIA report “Strategic Autonomy and the Transformation of the EU: New agendas for Security, Diplomacy, Trade and Technology” that analyses the EU’s actions and options across several policy domains. Based on the recommendations of the report, the speakers will discuss the key trends and major disputes on the path towards a more capable and self-reliant Europe.


This even presents the results of the FIIA project “European Strategic Autonomy in a Geo-economic World”.





Words of welcome

  • Mika Aaltola, Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki


  • Tania Lațici, Policy Analyst, European Parliament / Associate fellow, Egmont (tbc)

Key report findings

  • Niklas Helwig, Leading Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki

Practitioners view

  • François Arbault, Director for Defence Industry at the European Commission

Further speakers

  • Nicole Koenig, Deputy Director, Jacques Delors Centre, Berlin
  • Tobias Gehrke, Research Fellow, Egmont, Brussels

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