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EUISS annual conference 2022

09 June 2022

The Institute is celebrating 20 years in 2022. For the occasion, our annual conference was organised in cooperation with the French Presidency of the Council of the EU and took stock of the geopolitical consequences for Europe of the war in Ukraine.

The event gathered high-level speakers and close to 200 participants in the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in Paris. 

Speakers and guests discussed the implications of the war in Ukraine for the EU, its neighbourhood and place in the world.

The conference was opened by French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna (read her speech) followed by an introduction by EUISS Director Gustav Lindstrom. Due to COVID, HRVP Borrell could not be present but gave a video address (read the transcript).

Panel 1 moderated by EUISS Defence editor Daniel Fiott looked at the impact of the war in Ukraine on the EU, in particular regarding the implementation of the Strategic Compass and implications on EU’s defence capacities.  


  • Charles FRIES, Deputy Secretary-General, EEAS (read his remarks)
  • Robert BRIEGER, Chairman, EU Military Committee 
  • Claudia MAJOR, Head of Research Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Panel 2 moderated by EUISS Senior Analyst Dalia Ghanem discussed the implications of the war in Ukraine on the EU’s neighbourhood, especially on the Eastern neighbourhood, the MENA region and the Horn of Africa.


  • Linas LINKEVIČIUS Member, Advisory Board, European Leadership Network, ELN
  • Pol MORILLAS Director, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), Barcelona
  • Annette WEBER, EU Special Representative, Horn of Africa

Panel 3 moderated by EUISS Director Gustav Lindstrom looked at the consequences of the conflict for EU’s place in the world.


  • Nicu POPESCU, Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Republic of Moldova
  • Heather GRABBE, Director, Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels