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High Level Conference on the Future of the European defence sector: Setting the Agenda for the European Defence Industry

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Event date: 04/03/2014
Location: Hotel Le Plaza
Boulevard Adolphe Max 118-126 - 1000 Brussels - (Belgium)
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Vice President Tajani and Commissioner Barnier co-hosted a High-level Conference on the implementation of the Commission's Communication "Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector".

The Conference aimed to present the Commission's ideas on implementing the Communication in the light of the European Council Conclusions adopted in December 2013, and gather the reactions from stakeholders and to hear their ideas of where the Commission could best add value to European-level action to increase competitiveness of defence industry, strengthen the internal market and reinforce research and innovation.

The Conference included different perspectives on the future of the European defence industry and market, as well as participants from the entire defence sector, including the participation of high level speakers:

  • Mr Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
  • Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos, Minister of Defence of Greece
  • Mr Philip Dunne, Minister of Defence Equipment and Exports of the United Kingdom
  • Mr Michael Gahler, Member of the European Parliament
  • Mr Daniele Romiti, CEO of AgustaWestland
  • Mr Bernhard Gerwert, CEO of Airbus Military
  • Mr Halan Buskhe, CEO of SAAB
  • Mrs Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency
  • Mr Antonio Missiroli, Director of the EU Institute for Security Studies

Audience

The audience included representatives of the Member States (including EEA members), the European Parliament,  the industry, the Committee of the Regions/ECOSOC, the regions, the NATO, journalists and think tanks.

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All videos are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

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