The objective of the project is to analyze the projection and role of the EU in the world, with a particular focus on the new policies and initiatives the Union should undertake within the new institutional cycle 2019-2024 to affirm its "strategic autonomy".
The project consists of three thematic strands relating to defense, international trade and enlargement. The defense-related objective is a combined analysis of the current level of European ambition, identified by the EU Global Strategy (EUGS), and the tools activated to realize it, in the broader framework of transatlantic relations and the current multipolar context. In light of the evolution of global economic interactions, the international trade strand examines the current projects and initiatives of the European Commission to promote strategic autonomy in the industrial sphere, such as the diversification of international suppliers of raw materials and key intermediate goods, and the creation of pan-European value chains, with a particular emphasis on new areas of intervention, like the green and digital transitions. Finally, the enlargement strand aims at a critical reflection on EU policies and instruments in the Western Balkans region with a view to strengthening the Union's regional strategy over the course of the current institutional cycle.
In view of these objectives, the project envisages different types of activities: 1. The drafting and publication of three research papers that will provide the starting point for the other activities; 2. Three meetings between experts, each dedicated to the specific issues of the thematic strands and followed by as many meetings with young people and university students; 3. The publication of an article in Italian and one in English for each of the research areas; 4. A final report and project meeting to present the conclusive results of the research.
Funding: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation; Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo