Webinar: “Towards European Strategic Autonomy?”, March 23 (IIEA, Ireland)

Online Event, March 23, 14:00-15:00 CET

In an increasingly multipolar world, the debate over the strategic autonomy of the EU has been given fresh impetus. In his address to the IIEA, Mr. Cloos will discuss the past, present and future of the concept of strategic autonomy and what it means for the EU. Mr. Cloos will also examine how strategic autonomy can be pursued and what it would entail for the EU. He will argue that it is vital for the EU to better understand it potential strengths in this regard, as well as its perceived weaknesses.

About the Speakers:  

Jim Cloos was appointed Secretary-General of TEPSA in 2021, following an influential career in the European institutions, serving as Deputy Director General for General and Institutional Affairs at the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. He previously served as Director for Transatlantic Relations, Human Rights and Counter Terrorism with the Council of the EU, as well as Head of Cabinet for the President of the European Commission, and of the EU Commissioner for Agriculture. He joined the Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1981, serving in Bonn and Brussels, including as Luxembourg’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, and played an active role in drafting the Maastricht Treaty.

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No fee applies to events which are part of the following series:

  • Global Europe series, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Development Matters series, supported by Irish Aid
  • REthink Energy series, supported by ESB
  • IIEA/EPA series
  • Young Professionals Network events, which are open to students and young professionals between the ages of 20-35

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