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ECIPE Webinar: EU Strategic Interdependence and How to Revitalise the WTO

January 17 2024
Venue: ZOOM Webinar
Speakers: José Ignacio Torreblanca, Alan WM. Wolff
Time: 15:00

Please join us for an ECIPE online seminar to discuss the concept of EU Strategic Interdependence and what it means for EU efforts to revitalise the World Trade Organization.

We delve into the concept of EU Strategic Interdependence and its implications for empowering EU Member States to navigate complex dependencies while preserving sovereignty. We will contrast EU Strategic Autonomy with Strategic Interdependence in the light of the challenges faced by the rules-based trading system, critically evaluating necessary adaptations for the WTO to effectively govern global trade, competition, and digital commerce.

Join us for an expert discussion in which we will tackle questions such as:

  • What is the concept of “EU Strategic Interdependence” about?
  • How does it address an increasingly transactional and fragmented world economic order, and what specific strategies does it suggest for EU Member States to protect their interests?
  • How should EU governments navigate the complexities of cooperating with non-Western powers while still maintaining competition and leveraging their diminishing economic weight effectively?
  • How effectively can the WTO address the evolving fragmentation of the landscape of global trade and digital trade?
  • With the WTO’s historical success in fostering economic growth, peace, and poverty reduction, how can world leaders, particularly those from the EU and the US, collaborate to ensure its continued relevance?
  • In what ways does strategic interdependence suggest a nuanced strategy for the EU within the WTO to navigate the challenges of a fragmented world economic order?
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José Ignacio Torreblanca, Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Head of ECFR Madrid, co-author of the ECFR paper on “Strategic interdependence: Europe’s new approach in a world of middle powers”

Alan WM. Wolff, Distinguished visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization, author of “Revitalizing the World Trading System”, an recent guide book to the WTO.

Moderated by Matthias. Bauer, Director ECIPE