Realising Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and Trade

9th May 2020 @ 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Villa La Fonte
Mia Saugman

Realising Europe’s Soft Power in External Cooperation and TradeSeismic changes in global geopolitics, increasing contestation of trade integration initiatives with third countries, and challenges to ensuring coherence across external policy initiatives at EU and Member State level are making the pursuit of EU external policy objectives more complex. The RESPECT conference will reflect on options and opportunities for better realising the EU’s soft power in achieving external policy goals set by the Lisbon Treaty and the EU’s trade and development strategy. Speakers will present and discuss the results of multidisciplinary analysis of two of the central themes of RESPECT: (i) policy coherence across instruments at EU and Member State level; and (ii) the effects of trade and trade policy on non-trade policy objectives (NTPOs) relating to issues such as labor standards, political and civil rights and protection of the environment.



State of the Union logo This event is part of the 2020 State of the Union official programme.