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Miguel Angel Benedicto Solsona
Marcin Roman Czubala Ostapiuk


The digital transformation of the global economy and society has accelerated after the Covid-19 pandemic. The European Union (EU), compared to China and the United States, is losing its capacity for innovation and control over data and fundamental raw materials and could even lose ground in the regulatory power it has in the digital realm. This paper pays special attention to the situation and progress toward a new European policy to achieve digital strategic autonomy. It also briefly outlines the Recovery Plan for Europe as a possible incentive for its promotion. Both descriptive and analytical methods were employed to gather the data from secondary sources and provide reliable research results. The major findings of this article are that strategic autonomy is an imperative requirement for sustaining and encouraging European integration, forcing the EU to advance faster toward developing critical digital technologies. There is also an urgent need to secure critical parts of supply chains and data protection, intellectual property, and defense against disinformation. Finally, the European Union must improve its resilience to face new crises and lead the digitalization of its economy. 


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Benedicto Solsona, Miguel Angel, and Marcin Roman Czubala Ostapiuk. 2023. “RETHINKING STRATEGIC AUTONOMY IN TIMES OF NEXT GENERATION EU: NEW DIGITAL AGENDA”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 9 (1):35-47.
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Miguel Angel Benedicto Solsona, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Miguel Angel Benedicto Solsona holds a PhD in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), a degree in Law from the University of Zaragoza, in Communication Sciences (Journalism) from the UCM and in Political Science from the UNED. He is an Assistant professor in the Department of International Relations of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology of the UCM and member of Complutense Institute of Administration Science. Also, he has been a professor of International Relations at the Pontifical University of Comillas and the European University of Madrid. His research areas are Foreign Policy, Security and Defence of the EU, Communication policy of European institutions, and Public Diplomacy. He is the main researcher of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, “Talking with young people about Europe. The role of cities and the demographic challenge at the Conference of the Future of Europe”, and the researcher for the project “Public diplomacy of Ibero-American megacities: communication strategies and soft power to influence global environmental legislation”. He is co-chair of the Via Charlemagne European Cultural Route and a member of Team Europe.

Marcin Roman Czubala Ostapiuk, National University of Distance Education, Spain

Marcin Roman Czubala Ostapiuk, holds PhD in Political Science from the Complutense University of Madrid (Department of Applied, Public and Political Economics), Extraordinary Doctorate Award, MA in International Politics: Sectoral and Area Studies (UCM) and Bachelor of European Studies from the University of Warsaw. He is a Lecturer at the National Distance Education University (UNED). Currently, he holds the position of Vice-dean for Students Affairs and Institutional Relations. He is also a principal Researcher of the Jean Monnet Module “Economic Policy in the European Union” (2020-2023). His lines of research include issues on political challenges, history and modernization of the EU, Economic and Monetary Union, as well as Economic governance of the European Union.