On March 6, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted Secretary-General of the European Commission Martin Selmayr for a discussion on the future of the European Union and multilateral engagement in an era of great power competition. As the European Commission’s top civil servant since March 2018, Selmayr heads the executive arm of the European Union, which oversees the design and implementation of the European Commission’s political priorities.
In a keynote address, Selmayr discussed how the EU upholds multilateralism and the rules-based international order in a contested global environment. He also addressed developments around the upcoming European Parliament elections, the EU’s long-term budget, and Brexit. Following Selmayr’s remarks, Brookings Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe Thomas Wright joined him on stage for a conversation on these themes. Questions from the audience followed the discussion.
This discussion is part of the Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative, which aims to build up and expand resilient networks and trans-Atlantic activities to analyze and work on issues concerning trans-Atlantic relations and social cohesion in Europe and the United States.
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