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The aim of our plenary is to scrutinize the past, current and future state of European foreign policy cooperation, in light of the selection of the next High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the second half of 2019. Also we want to use this opportunity to engage the practice world with academia. In what manner should the next HR/VP continue the work of her/his predecessors? In what areas would the EU need a break with the past and have the HR/VP push forward new foreign policy initiatives?
We will structure and focus our exchange according to following three main themes: 1. Looking back 10 years: mission accomplished? 10 years ago the EEAS was just about to be created, plus an invigorated role for the HR/VP. • Did the EU and its member states achieve the aims that they set out for? • Did the EU and its member states get it right 10 years ago in identifying the right kind of aims?
2. Looking forward 10 years: Europe fit for the next decade? Is the EU foreign policy system, with the current status of the HR/VP and the role of the EEAS fit for the changing international system? Can the EU deliver as non-traditional foreign policy actor? • If yes, what advantages should we Europeans be aware of? What threats should we consider? If no, what weaknesses should we acknowledge, what opportunities for innovation should we envision? • To sum up: what three main recommendations would you give to the next HR/VP?
3. Looking back 50 years: European foreign policy cooperation in Europe – is it worth it? European Political Cooperation kicked off with the Davignon report in 1970, and the EU kept institutionalising European foreign policy cooperation throughout various reform moments. But considering all the criticism that the EU often receives for its foreign policy inactivity or indecisiveness: was it worth it?