Annual Conference 2017


Cybersecurity is no longer a new or emerging threat but rather has become a fixed feature of security and defence policymakers’ agenda as the so-called “fifth domain”. The EU’s 2016 Global Strategy outlines an increased focus on cybersecurity by strengthening technological capabilities, mitigating threats and boosting resilience of critical infrastructure.

Two roundtables with government officials, industry leaders and senior military officers will address cyber-threat risk assessments from national, European and transatlantic perspectives on the one hand and European solutions on the other. Keynote speakers and special addresses will add insights to the debates. Highly interactive panel debates will offer plenty of opportunities for the audience to contribute to the discussion. 

The European Defence Agency’s annual conference is the rendez-vous for decision makers to discuss European defence cooperation. Participation in the annual conference is by invitation only.



Brussels - 27 Sep 2017

Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, holds keynote speech

Kersti Kaljulaid 

The EDA is honoured to announce that Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia, will hold a keynote speech at this year’s annual conference. The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union has set the improving of the digital single market as one of its primary goals. Cybersecurity is a big part of this. Under the auspices of the Presidency, “EU CYBRID 2017”, a strategic table-top cyber defence exercise for EU Defence Ministers was recently organised in cooperation with the EDA

Brussels - 27 Sep 2017

HR/VP Federica Mogherini opens EDA annual conference 2017

Federica Mogherini  

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission and Head of the Agency, will open this year’s EDA annual conference. Following President Juncker’s State of the Union address and his call for effective tools to defence against cyber-attacks, Federica Mogherini agreed that "The EU will pursue an international cyber policy promoting an open, free and secure cyberspace and supports efforts to develop norms of responsible state behaviour, apply international law and confidence building measures in cybersecurity."


Panel 1: A persistent strategic challenge

How far do EU Member States share cyber-threat assessments? How are national governments tailoring their responses and increasing their preparedness levels, given that cyber issues impact all sectors of the economy? How should European institutions support Member States in their efforts to keep up with the fast-pace of technological change, and act as coordinators to help national authorities navigate the myriad initiatives linked to cybersecurity and cyber defence? What answers might the EU’s new Cyberstrategy, to be published in late 2017, bring to the various stakeholder groups? How are transatlantic relations in cybersecurity and cyber-defence likely to evolve?

Confirmed speakers: Neil Cassidy, VP Director Cyber Security, Risk & Compliance, Rolls Royce; Fabrice Clement, Director Security Governance & Investigations, Proximus; Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space; Major General Ludwig Leinhos, Commander of the German Cyber and Information Space Command; Kevin Scheid, General Manager, NATO NCIA; General Riho Terras, Commander of the Defence Forces, Estonia.

Panel 2: European solutions to global problems

The attention of Europe’s security and defence community is now focused on the implementation of the EU’s Global Strategy and subsequent initiatives, with cybersecurity and cyber-defence as a central element of capability development. Cyber-threats know no borders, and as such are best tackled with international solutions. Where should the EDA best focus its efforts to support EU Member States when it comes to cyber?

Solutions to cyber-threats consist in technology on the one hand, and the human factor on the other. Most of the available technology today is dual-use, so should defence ministries change their development and procurement models? How are industrial actors adapting to provide such technology? Training and cyber-hygiene are the object of renewed attention as an efficient counter-measure to cyber-threats. How far are civilians and the military cooperating and exchanging best practises to avoid duplication and promote excellence?

Confirmed speakers: Manuel Escalante, Head of Defence & Security, Member of the Management Board, Indra; General Carlos Gomez Lopez de Medina, Commander, Spanish Joint Cyber-Command; Rogier Holla, Deputy Head of CERT-EU; Major General Gunnar Karlson, Head of Swedish Armed Forces Intelligence and Security Service; Ronald Prins, Director & Co-founder, Fox IT; Roberto Viola, Director General of the DG Connect, European Commission.




Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • UK