Europe’s Values and Economic Interests In an Uncertain World Order

European Union is in competition with authoritarianism. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exposed this rivalry with direct consequences, not least in economic terms.Europe stands for human rights, values and democracy. In this sense, the EU is willing to act as an actor and is implementing these principles in its decisionmaking, like in the supply chain regulation. However the current developments in the energy supply are manifesting how difficult it is to implement this claim. Relations (or even dependencies) with China are also viewed more critically. This complicated mixture of human rights standards and economic dependencies is framed by security interests of the EU. The latter is weighted much more heavily than it was just a few months ago. With this debate the aim is to show the various aspects of the claim and reality, as well as create awareness for SMEs about these problematics and provide an outlook for the future policy debates

  • WELCOME & MODERATION

    DR. HORST HEITZ

    Chair of the SME Connect Steering Board

  • OPENING

    RADAN KANEV MEP

    EPP Group, Board Member of SME Connect

  • STATEMENTS

    ANDREAS JAHN

    Member of the Federal Executive Director, Ministry of Politics, Foreign Affairs and Economics, Public Affairs and Press and Public Relations, Secretary-General for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Africa

    TUDOR PETRU FABIAN

    Advisor International Trade and Security SME Europe of the EPP

    DR. HELMUT PISECKY

    CEO of Mar Adentro; Former Security Analyst at the Austrian MoD / Consultant for International Affairs and Security Issues

    SAƏDA KELLER-MESSAHLI

    Human Rights Activist and Islamism Expert

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