PLANNED TOPICS FOR THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE

The Council sets out the following position with a view to engaging with the European Parliament and the Commission.

A. AIM, CONTENT AND SCOPE OF THE CONFERENCE

IS RUSSIA A DECLINING POWER?

Author: Nicu Popescu, Director Wide Europe programme ECFR

SPUTNIK 5 SOFT POWER

The scientific success of Sputnik V is undeniable, a real diplomatic coup, which has the potential to extend Russian influence and its soft power on the international scene.

POLITICO EU INFLUENCE

POLITICO is the most influential publication among opinion leaders in the European Union. The European edition of POLITICO ranks above media outlets such as Financial Times, BBC, The Times or social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook. The publication is the most influential provider of information for decision-making processes and public affairs.

THE 5 LEADING VACCINE PLAYERS

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the biggest and most profitable in the world. Many of the individual corporations that constitute ‘Big Pharma’ enjoy annual revenues well in excess of the majority of countries on the planet.

RANKING OF EU COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF SOFT POWER

Based on The Soft Power 30 in 2019. Score in parenthesis

  1. France: (80.28)
  2. Germany: (78.62)
  3. Sweden: (77.41)
  4. Netherlands: (72.03)
  5. Italy: (71.58)
  6. Spain : (71.05)
  7. Denmark: (68.86)
  8. Finland: (68.35)
  9. Austria: (67.98)
  10. Belgium: (67.17)
  11. Ireland: (62.91)
  12. Portugal: (59.28)
  13. Poland: (55.16)
  14. Czech Republic: (54.35)
  15. Greece: (53.74)
  16. Hungary: (49.70)

A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK OF A COUNTRY’S PUBLIC DIPLOMACY STRATEGY

Mission

Strengthen influence, reputation and relationships internationally by promoting a clear, creative and confident vision for international policy agenda that reflects the country’s national interests.

Objectives

To advance targeted public diplomacy initiatives which promote economic, creative and cultural, sporting, innovation and science, and education assets to underline the country’s credentials as a destination for innovation, business, investment, tourism and study.

CHINA'S SOFT POWER TOWARDS EUROPE

Enhancing ties with the European Union (EU) and individual European countries, and improving China's image in Europe, are part of China's overall foreign policy of building and strengthening relations with great powers. Chinese interests in Europe are mainly economically and politically oriented, direct mutual security interests remain limited. China aims at maintaining good relations with the EU as well as with each individual country. Many European member states give priority to developing their own bilateral relations with China above working on a common EU approach.

THE SOFT POWER 30

2019 Results

Source: Portland. Score in parenthesis

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