The covid pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the looming climate crisis, the onslaught of transformational technologies, the rival-competitor-partner relationship with China, and the upholding of rules-based trade all make the geographic component of economics a key consideration for decision-making. Welcome to Geoeconomics!
The new geoeconomics pose thorny questions: How can energy security be balanced with accelerated decarbonisation? How can Europe secure the supply of resources and inputs for its industry and green and digital transformation? How to improve economic resilience, avoid dangerous dependencies and safeguard competitiveness and technological leadership?
The 2023 EconPol Annual Conference will delve into these questions, drawing lessons from the responses to the recent and ongoing crises, and examining the implications for the EU in detail with a lineup of top-level EU officials, experts, and cutting-edge researchers, as a contribution towards fact-based, informed EU policymaking.
The conference will take place on November 30, 2023 (starting at 10 a.m.) in Brussels. The keynote speech will be delivered by Sabine Weyand, Director-General for Trade in the European Commission.