Europe’s shrinking geopolitical weight has prompted a wider reevaluation of its strategic autonomy. In November 2021, the European Commission unveiled the Strategic Compass, a proposal that defines the European Union’s ambitions for security and defense. Yet, the meaning of strategic autonomy has evolved to entail much more, from artificial intelligence and microchip production to energy dependency on Russia – as well as the management of migration flows and climate challenges across Europe. Parliaments can make a difference in how these issues affect their citizens’ daily lives.  

During the conversation, participants had the chance to share their own views on the topic and learn from other national and parliamentary perspectives, by tackling, among others, the following questions:  

  • What is the state of play on the debate on European strategic autonomy?
  • What is the European Commission’s Strategic Compass, and what are the challenges it expects to tackle?
  • How is the concept of strategic autonomy understood by national members of Parliament, and how can they contribute to the debate with their national perspective?
  • How could strategic autonomy be operationalized at the EU Member State level? 

Spyros Blavoukos, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Ariane Condellis Programme at ELIAMEP, and Associate Professor at Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and Pol Morillas, Director of the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) joined the discussion. 



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