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Open strategic autonomy - How can trade policy best support European competitiveness?

On the occasion of the recent publication of its position paper ‘Open Strategic Autonomy: How Trade Policy can best support European competitiveness’, BusinessEurope is organising an event in the European Parliament with Barry Andrews MEP (Renew, Ireland), member of the EP INTA Committee; and Ibec.

For decades, trade policy has played a key role in supporting the EU’s competitiveness and in influencing investment decisions in Europe. In the context of the current economic headwinds, geopolitical tensions and ambitious EU legislative agenda, how can trade policy best support European competitiveness?

How can we diversify imports and create market opportunities for European companies to increase resilience? How can trade policy continue to complement and underpin other important EU policies on climate, digital, innovation and industrial policy? Can we improve security and mitigate against geopolitical risks while also promoting more sustainable standards and ensuring a level playing field? How can the EU work with our trading partners to renew a shared commitment to rules-based trade order to effectively address the challenges we face today?



Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope


  • Host: Barry Andrews, Member of the European Parliament (Renew, Ireland)
  • Kathleen Van Brempt, Member of the European Parliament (Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Belgium)
  • Pat Ivory, Director of EU and International Affairs, Ibec; Chair of BusinessEurope International Relations Committee
  • Luisa Santos, Deputy Director General, BusinessEurope


Last updated: 18 September 2023