Dr. Bogdan Aurescu is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, a career diplomat holding the rank of ambassador. With an extensive diplomatic career, started in 1996, he served as Presidential Advisor for Foreign Policy to the President of Romania (2016-2019), after completing his first mandate as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2014-2015). Between 2004 and 2009, Bogdan Aurescu was Romania’s Agent at the International Court of Justice, coordinating the team that represented Romania in the case on Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea. Between 2009 and 2014, he was Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among other achievements, in 2010-2011, Bogdan Aurescu was chief negotiator of the Romania-USA Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement and of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the USA. An acknowledged university professor and International Law expert and author, Bogdan Aurescu is, inter alia, member of the UN International Law Commission, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe.
A Stronger Europe in the World – one of the top priorities of the Von der Leyen Commission. How will this agenda play out after the COVID-19 crisis? The Commission’s manifesto also pledged to promote “responsible global leadership” – a duty that seems to be widely ignored by other influencers of the rules-based international order, including the US and China. Has the time come for Europe to become a truly global leader? For some time now, the EU has worked to expand its influence beyond European borders. Despite the EU’s lofty goals and continued efforts, it is often criticized for being slow, ineffective, and compromised with regard to its international actions. Will this change as the EU faces the largest crisis since its creation? What are the building blocks of the European way of leadership? What will be the legacy of the German Council presidency, and how might this contribute to the EU’s growing international role? Will the EU live up to the expectations of global onlookers and address the far-reaching risks that have been created and exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic?