Does the EU have the capacity and agency to set priorities and make decisions autonomously in its external action? What are the necessary political, institutional and material steps to get there? How can strategic autonomy help the EU to face the challenges within and beyond European borders?

To answer these questions, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), in cooperation with the Brussels office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Fondation-Jean-Jaurès, launches “Strategic Autonomy – pathways to progressive action“, a new flagship research project aimed at investigating the concept of ‘European strategic autonomy’ (ESA).

Despite the concept getting more central in EU affairs circles every day, there is a persistent lack of clarity on what European strategic autonomy actually means. For this reason – and with the debate over ESA’s definition, content and implications in full swing – it’s time for progressive thinkers to provide an in-depth analysis of the concept and set an agenda on where to direct and how to operationalize the term.

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Publications
19/05/2022

European Industrial Policy: A crucial element of strategic autonomy

European Strategic Autonomy series - Economy & Trade
16/04/2022

Strategic Autonomy Tech Alliances: Political-industrial collaboration in strategic technologies

European Strategic Autonomy series - Digital & Tech
01/03/2022

Leveraging digital regulation for Strategic Autonomy

European Strategic Autonomy series - Digital & Tech
09/02/2022

Elevating the EU’s added value as a security provider

European Strategic Autonomy research project - Security & Defence
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Upcoming
05/07/2022
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Strategic Autonomy – Security & Defense

Policy Breakfast Series
Past
14/03/2022

War in Ukraine: consequences for the EU’s eastern policy

Vienna (Austria), 14 March 2022, 18:30–20:00 The study of the relations between the EU and […]
01/10/2021

European Strategic Autonomy: Working Group on Security and Defence

This is a closed-door event.
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31/05/2022

HRVP Josep Borrell participates in FEPS expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction of Ukraine

On May 23rd, FEPS organised a timely expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction […]
22/09/2021

FEPS leads a new flagship research project on EU Strategic Autonomy with top European experts

Does the EU have the capacity and agency to set priorities and make decisions autonomously […]
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Borrell - FEPS expert meeting on the war and the reconstruction of Ukraine

HRVP Josep Borrell at FEPS expert meeting on Ukraine war and reconstruction

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David Rinaldi

Director of Studies and Policy
David supervises and coordinates FEPS’ scientific quality and consultancy capacity, ensuring the policy-relevance and impact […]

Aline Burni

Policy Analyst on International Relations
Aline joined FEPS in April 2022 as a Policy Analyst on International Relations. She holds a […]

Arthur Cady

Project Officer
Arthur is FEPS project officer for international relations projects. Before joining FEPS at the end […]
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