On 21 June, EDA top management and experts met for the first time with the newly selected SME Senior Advisers, Mr Francisco González Mené and Mr Dušan Švarc. The advisers’ role is to counsel the Agency regarding future activities and identify new potential ideas and concrete initiatives in support of the defence-related SMEs.
Following a call for expression of interest for two SME Senior Advisers, 10 Member States proposed 15 candidates with impressive professional track record. Mr Francisco González Mené and Mr Dušan Švarc have been selected. Their mandate, based on EDA rules for external experts, will include the assessment of ongoing EDA initiatives and the provision of strategic advice and support on policies and actions regarding defence-related SMEs.