EU strategic autonomy and industrial policy

Testimony before the Committee on European Affairs at the French National Assembly.

Publishing date
12 May 2023
Europe's industry policy

On 11 May 2023, Bruegel Senior fellow Simone Tagliapietra presented a testimony before the Committee on European Affairs of the French National Assembly on strategic autonomy and EU industrial policy.

Europe’s industrial policy, with its green and digital twin focus, has long been emphasising strategic autonomy as a central policy objective. However, the notion of strategic autonomy is not uncontroversial, notably as its objective remains unclear. In what circumstances would Europe be able to call itself strategically autonomous? And how can Europe strike the right balancing act between economic efficiency and geopolitical resilience? Answering these fundamental questions represents a key prerequisite to building a solid EU industrial policy.

Here are some Bruegel analyses that underpinned this testimony:

About the authors

  • Simone Tagliapietra

    Simone Tagliapietra is a Senior fellow at Bruegel. He is also a Professor of EU Energy and Climate Policy at The Johns Hopkins University - School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe.

    His research focuses on the EU climate and energy policy and on the political economy of global decarbonisation. With a record of numerous policy and scientific publications, also in leading journals such as Nature and Science, he is the author of Global Energy Fundamentals (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and co-author of The Macroeconomics of Decarbonisation (Cambridge University Press, 2024).

    His columns and policy work are widely published and cited in leading international media such as the BBC, CNN, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Corriere della Sera, Le Monde, El Pais, and several others.

    Simone also is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Task Force (CATF). He holds a PhD in Institutions and Policies from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Born in the Dolomites in 1988, he speaks Italian, English and French.

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