Filling the trade gap – where should the EU turn after Russia?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a tragedy and has also led to severe disruptions in global value chains. Russia and Ukraine are key suppliers of energy products, grain, and other raw materials to the EU. For instance, The EU gets 95 pct. of its nickel from Russia.

What can the EU do to fill the gap? Should the EU work to strengthen Transatlantic trade and investment ties even more? should the EU improve trade relations with China? Is the time now ripe for ratifying the EU-Mercosur trade deal that has been 20 years in the making?

These and more questions on what the EU can do to reduce the economic impact of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine on the EU economy will be discussed by the following panel:

  • Cecilia Malmström, former EU Commissioner for trade and currently nonresident senior fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Luisa Santos, Deputy Director General at BusinessEurope
  • Niels Heltberg, Director for Trade Policy at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The debat is organised in cooperation with Think Tank Europa and will be moderated by Lykke Friis, Director at Think Tank Europa.


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