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The EU’s ‘Global Gateway’: from Brussels to Bishkek and beyond
LINKS Europe, in collaboration with The City of The Hague and with the support of The Hague Humanity Hub, cordially invites you to a policy dialogue on the future of EU connectivity, titled: The EU’s ‘Global Gateway’: from Brussels to Bishkek and beyond. The event is the fourth in our series, Conversations on the future of Europe in the world, and aims to contribute to the debate within the framework of The Conference on the Future of Europe.
In July 2021, the 27 member states of the European Union’s European Council published conclusions tasking the European Commission and the bloc’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to put together a new global EU connectivity strategy. The document stressed the importance of both physical infrastructure and regulatory frameworks; high-impact and visible projects and activities globally; coherent and streamlined financing schemes; and ways to incentivise the private sector to finance and implement the strategy. Above all, it reflected a desire of EU member states for a coherent and co-ordinated connectivity agenda that brings together the bloc’s institutions with that of the national governments.
Christening the project ‘Global Gateway’, the European Commission has since allocated €300 billion to a multifaceted strategy, “to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world”. Considering China’s immense and growing ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, the EU’s aspiration for a strong and aligned connectivity strategy is unsurprising. But what must this strategy consider? What approaches should it take, and where should its priorities lie?
Participants to the policy dialogue will hear short presentations from several guest speakers, after which everyone present will be given the opportunity to contribute their views on the topic in short 1–2-minute presentations, followed by a general discussion. The opinions and ideas expressed in the meeting will be reflected in a short summary of proceedings, which will be submitted for consideration within the larger Conference on the Future of Europe.
This event will take place 16:00-18:00 on Thursday, 20 January 2022, virtually via Zoom.
Please find more information on the eventbrite page.
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