The Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy identifies state and societal resilience as one of the five priorities of the Union’s external action. It describes resilience as “the ability of states and societies to reform, thus withstanding and recovering from internal and external crises” and states “a resilient society featuring democracy, trust in institutions and sustainable development lies at the heart of a resilient state”.
The EUISS-EPC initiative recognises the utility of the concept of resilience for work in a more complex, connected and contested world. It aims to ensure that the EU contributes to the evolving policy agenda on resilience in a coherent and effective manner, and reflects this in its external action.
ECDPM’s Volker Hauck will speak at the session on ‘Strengthening resilience in EU neighbours and partners: what challenges?’