||SOUNDBITE by General Hakan Syren, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (In English) saying that: Then, we came to the main theme for today and that is capability development and you have heard all these expression as cooling and sharing and how to make the work much more effective and as you know we will have a Council meeting next year where defence matters will be the topic.
||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by General Hakan Syren (In English) saying that: I personally that it's time to start that job now. The purpose to do that with the committee or in the committee is to be able to prepare the ministers as good as possible and the on who can do that is the chief of defence so we have to start the discussion.
||SOUNDBITE by General Hakan Syren (In English) saying that: After that we also had the intervention from the EU ISS, The European Union Institute for Security Studies. We have a discussion with them on how they can help us, coming in with a more academic approach and be a bit provocative, how this change can be made and also give inspiration to the chief of defence how to take it forward.
||General view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by General Hakan Syren (In English) saying that: Then we left the Western Balkans for the horn of Africa where the EU special representative Alexander Rondos gave us his views on this where we stand and how it can be taken forward and all the dynamics in the area. We also discussed where we stand in the work with the EU Action Plan for the fight against piracy and also hands-on from the op commander Operation Atalanta and we discussed how it's going on.
||SOUNDBITE by General Patrick de Rousiers (In English) saying that: You can imagine how much I'm proud and honoured to succeed to General Syren as being the fifth chairman of the EU Military Committee. I'm proud and very happy because I believe in Europe, I believe in European defence; I believe this is one answer the difficulties that we are facing today and we faced beforehand and I'm eager to continue on the path that has been put forward by General Syren for the last 3 years.
||Speakers leaving the press room