We (The Virtual Brown Bag group) are running a survey on strategic autonomy and Europe. See here first results. And you can still participate too!

The hot topic amongst EU policy-makers, after COVID-19, is strategic autonomy and (technological) sovereignty.

Europe EUStrategic autonomy is the ability, in terms of capacity and capabilities, to decide and act upon essential aspects of one’s longer-term future in the economy, society and their institutions. Where strategic autonomy is the means, sovereignty is the end.

This is about Europe’s say in its own future in economy, society and democracy. It is about the necessary technological and industrial means.What do you think about this? Well, fasten your seatbelts: we have some interesting but also challenging questions!

We would like to know in which of 17 sectors, ranging from AI to 5G, from automotive to pharmaceuticals, from space to defense, Europe must have strategic autonomy. And, in which sectors Europe is able to realise strategic autonomy. And then we would like to know the views on the cost of strategic autonomy in terms of R&D investment at EU level, by companies and the EU member states; and in terms of investment for infrastructure, industrial ecosystem, roll-out or market deployment, etc, so non-R&D investment, again at EU level respectively by companies and the EU member states. 

Willing to jump in? The survey is here: https://nl.surveymonkey.com/r/GHGWT8Q

Interested in the first views? You find them below. And for our LinkedIn page click Out of a Brown Bag.

Based on current (27) replies

The scale is from 0...10, where 0 is 'not at all', 5 is 'neither yes nor no' and 10 is 'yes, definitely'.

Sectors where EU must have strategic autonomy

Sectors where EU can have strategic autonomy


Let's take the difference in the score on this scale. A difference of 0 would mean that 'must' and 'can' are aligned. The more negative, the more pessimistic: the EU should have strategic autonomy in this sector but it is considered that it cannot have, more likely so the more negative the difference between 'can' and 'must'.

The more positive the difference the more optimistic: the EU should have strategic autonomy in this sector and it is considered that it is able to realise this and more likely so the more positive the difference between can and must.

Sectoral Can Must in EU strategic autonomy 


Answers on the investment questions will be published once more usable replies have been collected.