Roundtable 1: European defence capabilities: what’s next?
In light of a changed security environment, Heads of State and Government reiterated the need to further develop civil and military capabilities during their December 2013 and June 2015 discussions on European defence. Leaders agreed that greater and more systematic European defence cooperation should be fostered to deliver key capabilities.
The EDA will continue its work on the four key capability programmes but what additional role can the Agency play? Cooperation is the best way forward but in defence it is not a natural thing to do. In which direction will defence cooperation go? What other options are there? Are we tapping all available funds?
Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Dutch Minister of Defence, General Mikhail Kostarakos, (designate) Chairman of the EU Military Committee, Giovanni Soccodato, Executive Vice President Strategy, Markets and Business Development, Finmeccanica and Daniel Koštoval, Czech Deputy Minister for Armaments and Acquisition discuss in this first roundtable possible new avenues to defence cooperation from a political, military and industrial viewpoint.
Roundtable 2: New research opportunities at EU level: a game changer for the industry?
The defence industry is an engine for innovation, growth and jobs. It is also the foundation of Europe’s strategic autonomy. But the decline in defence budgets has also led to a reduction in funding for research and technology which in turn influences the industry’s innovation power.
European industry is still a world-leader in many cutting-edge technologies. The question is: for how much longer? What can Europe do to maintain a technological edge? What role for the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research? Are there other possibilities for increased cooperation on the European level? And what are the consequences of doing nothing?
Michel Barnier, Special adviser to the European Commission President on defence matters, Antoine Bouvier, President & CEO of MBDA Millie Systems, Ana Gomes, Member of the European Parliament and Tassos Rozolis, CEO of AKMON and Chairman of the Hellenic Manufacturers of Defence and Security Material Association discuss the need of and ways to provide the European defence industry with fresh oxygen.