The Centre for European Perspective – CEP and the European Centre for International Political Economy – ECIPE invite you to a webinar:

The Future of the Transatlantic Relations – Priorities for the Slovenian Presidency

Thursday, 15 July, 15.00 CET

There is a new energy in EU-US relations. Digitalisation played a crucial role during the pandemic to keep the society going, and its role will only grow in the coming years. China’s rise as a technological power and the desire to protect liberal values, such as democracy and human rights, have made it urgent to deepen the partnership with like-minded countries on technology and digital trade. The recently established Trade and Technology Council (TTC) demonstrates that both the EU and the US are keen to deepen their relations and promote faster tech-enabled growth.

Join our panel of experts to discuss:

  • What should be the focus of the TTC? How to achieve better market access and streamline differing regulations?
  • What role can transatlantic cooperation play in the EU’s recovery plan?
  • How can the transatlantic partnership help transform the European digital environment?
  • Can Europe’s unilateral (regulatory) actions or the quest for strategic autonomy hurt the reinvigorated cooperation and the newly established TTC?
  • What are the core problems in Europe’s path towards a technologically advanced digital economy?


  • Dr Stanislav Raščan, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
  • Fredrik Erixon, Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy
  • Joanna van der Merwe, fellow, Defense Tech Initiative, Center for European Policy Analysis
  • Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Ambassador-at-Large, Director of Cyber Diplomacy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonia
  • Rihards Kols, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Latvian Parliament (TBC)

Moderator: TBA

Join us and register here!

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