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On 1 December 2021, the European Union unveiled the Global Gateway, its plan to support infrastructure
development around the world. This would mobilise €300 billion between 2021-2027 for connectivity
projects, notably in the digital, climate and energy, transport, health, education and research sectors.

The rationale behind this initiative is clear: the world needs major infrastructure investments. The World
Bank estimates that to achieve the goals of climate and environmental protection, universal access to
energy, water and sanitation, greater mobility, and improved food security, the world must invest around
€1.3 trillion per year in infrastructure.

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Simone Tagliapietra

Senior Fellow, Bruegel
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, U.S.-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more