As we are approaching the Spring Talks edition of the European Defence Industry Summit, we wanted to share a little more on the programme and speakers for the event.

This years’ the panels of the Spring Talks will start at 2pm. They begin with “Growing Closer to a Defence Union?” Political ideas such as ‘strategic autonomy’ or initiatives such as Permanent Structured Cooperation are paving the way to a closer European Defence Union. Which priorities need to be considered looking ahead? Speakers include Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General DG DEFIS, European Commission; Georgios Bikakis, Director for Concepts and Capabilities, European Union Military Staff; Katalin Cseh, Member of the European Parliament; Emilio Fajardo, Industry, Synergies & Enablers (ISE) Director, European Defence Agency and expertly moderated by Teri Schultz, Freelance Journalist, National Public Radio and Deutsche Welle.

Following this session, EDIS will feature a session on “European Defence Fund-How to Fund Cooperative Capability Development?”. The EU needs to put resources behind its strategic autonomy. It will require a credible vision on cooperative public-private efforts, prioritizing EU financial instruments for innovation, linking R&D initiatives at national level with European-level initiatives such as the European Defence Fund, and identifying the capabilities and technologies that member states need the most. Speakers include Alain Alexis, Head of Unit DG DEFIS, European Commission; Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow, Friends of Europe; Tomáš Kopečný, Deputy Minister of Defence, Industrial Cooperation Division at the Czech Ministry of Defence; Pauline Massart, Deputy Head, CEIS Brussels Office; and moderated by Sebastian Vagt, European Affairs Manager, Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Our third and final panel for the day will detail “Transatlantic Defence Industrial Cooperation”. The EU faces a series of choices on how to foster future transatlantic cooperation in defence technologies. Will the EU share industrial arrangements and ensure open and accessible defence and security markets? How can the EU and the US collaborate in standards and certification, and promote the best available technologies – regardless of their origins? Featuring Christina Wilén, Defence Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU; Gordon B. Davis Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO; Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament; Rudy Priem, Chair of the AmCham EU Security, Defence & Space Committee; moderated by Bruno Lété, Senior Fellow for Security and Defence, The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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We hope to see you on 5 March 2020 to the Egmont Palace in Brussels!
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