Presentation of the Final Report of the Task Force ›EEAS 2.0‹ 10 May

In 2021, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has contributed to forging EU foreign policy for 10 years. In connection with the tenth anniversary of the Service, three organisations, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS), have produced a report that reappraises the EEAS’ mission.

The report was published in January and will be discussed at an event taking place on 10 May, at 17:30–18:45. Register here.

The content of the report is presented by Pierre Vimont, first Executive Secretary General of the EEAS, and Ronja Kempin, Senior Fellow German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and commented by Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany. 

The publication is the final output of a task force process – a structured dialogue among experts – and authored by Christophe Hillion at Sieps and Steven Blockmans at CEPS.

Recent publications in English

Women at the Top of the European Commission – Drivers and Barriers

The European Commission is a key institution for EU policy but is only recently approaching gender equality. In this analysis, professors Miriam Hartlapp and Agnes Blome provide an overview of women’s representation at the top positions in the Commission and suggest actions for a better gender balance in the future. (2021:6epa)

From self-doubt to self-assurance: The European External Action Service as the indispensable support for a geopolitical EU

The rivalry of today’s world should induce the EU to act as a cohesive force. Yet, EU countries are still struggling to focus on the common interest. The 10th anniversary of the European External Action Service thus constitutes an opportune moment to reconsider its contribution to EU foreign policy. This report on the EEAS is the fruit of a research cooperation to which SIEPS has contributed. (January 2021)

Informal Groupings in EU Foreign Policy: A Sustainable Arrangement?

The Lisbon Treaty aimed at a deeper integration of member states’ foreign policies at the EU level. Yet, EU external action is often steered by informal groupings of member states. Maria Giulia Amadio Viceré (EUI) describes these practices and assesses the implications through two criteria: effectiveness and accountability. (2020:2epa)

Protecting the rule of law in EU Member States and Candidate Countries

The respect for the rule of law is declining both in EU member states and in countries aspiring to membership. The EU therefore needs to step up its efforts and adopt a more inclusive, coherent, and transparent approach. This argument is developed by Marko Kmezić and Florian Bieber at the University of Graz. (2020:12epa)

Policy overview: A European Defence Union by 2025? Work in progress

“We need further bold steps in the next five years towards a genuine European Defence Union.” This goal was proclaimed by Ursula von der Leyen when she took office as the new President of the European Commission in 2019. Given the developments in this area, is the EU likely to be equipped with a Defence Union by 2025?

This question is examined by Katarina Engberg, senior advisor at SIEPS. In this policy overview, she describes the drivers behind the EU’s defence policy, its current and evolving elements as well as remaining weaknesses, considering the role of defence throughout the EU’s history.

With this overview, the reader is offered a roadmap for assessing the evolution of European defence policy over time: Will the proclaimed Defence Union amount to the mere accumulation of pragmatic progress? Or will it result from jolts produced by political initiatives or/and external challenges?

In the overview, it is also suggested that the EU calls out defence more clearly, now shrouded under the cover of external crisis management and industrial policy.

On the agenda: Strategic autonomy

An industrial strategy is considered one of the instruments for strengthening the EU's sovereignty. In a SIEPS anthology, the EU's industrial policy is examined by leading scholars, with a focus on the effects on the Single Market.

Past seminars in English

Tax Sovereignty in a Globalised and Digitalised World

On 4 February, SIEPS and the Expert Group on Public Economics (ESO) jointly arranged a seminar with the aim of disseminating knowledge about the organisations’ work on taxation and to identify important areas for research with respect to taxation in a digitalised and globalised world.

The seminar was filmed.

EU Industrial Policy in a globalised world – effects on state aid and internal market rules

On the 31st of January 2020, SIEPS and The Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussel held a seminar on the EU Industrial Policy. 

The seminar was filmed and is available on Facebook.

The rule of law: Democracy’s bastion, or its nemesis?

Seminar on the rule of law and democracy, 27 January 2020, co-organized by SIEPS and CER and hosted by the Swedish Permanent Representation to the EU.

More pictures and a short summary. 


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