CEPS has launched a Recovery and Resilience Reflection project with a team of researchers and external experts. Two papers have already been published, each picked up and recommended by the Financial Times, Politico and a number of national newspapers. The project analyses the strategy, national plans and implementation of the facility.
This session brings together the group’s experts, including high-ranking EU and national officials in charge of planning, to discuss the underlying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of this unprecedented EU recovery policy. Speakers will present the national implementation aspects, the wider role of other instruments and implementation monitoring, present and future.
A Strategic Union
How should the EU strategically deploy its ‘power surplus’ in advancing trade rules? [MEMBERS-ONLY]
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
The EU may not be a superpower but it holds a ‘power surplus’ when it comes to the trade-regulatory nexus. How should the EU deploy this power surplus in the pursuit of strategic interests and fundamental rights? Should it continue to project itself as a model and/or seek to ‘weaponise’ its regulatory powers in pursuit of foreign policy goals. Or should it wield this power to enhance the regulatory compatibility between its own and others’ jurisdictions through cooperation rather than relying on the passive market-based influence of the so-called Brussels effect?
Between Dragon and Eagle: Will Europe have to choose sides in the Sino- American dispute?
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
China has overtaken the US to become the EU’s top trading partner but, as the Union’s economic relationship with China has deepened, so too have security and human rights concerns. Rising Sino-American tensions are dividing the world along ideological lines (democracies v. autocracies). Contrary to the US, trade with China is still seen as a ‘win win’ in Europe. But geo-politics might trump geo-economics. Will the EU be forced to take sides or can it preserve its autonomy in determining its strategic stance?