© AIRBUS MILITARY 2009 - A400M First flight -
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On 23 May 2011, the European Commission held a
high-level conference on Defence and Security Industries and Markets.
This event was organised in the context of the transposition of the
two Defence related Directives (2009/43/EC on transfers and 2009/81/EC
on procurement) and provided the opportunity to discuss the current
state and future perspectives of the sector which is of strategic
importance for Europe.
Some of the key questions were:
results can we expect from the two Defence Directives?
- What remains to
be done to accomplish a European Defence and Security Market?
- How to consolidate the demand side of the market?
What is the expected impact of budget reductions and increased
bilateral cooperation on the industrial landscape?
- How to maintain capable armed
forces and competitive industries in times of severe budget cuts?
The Conference brought together a number of high level speakers and
representatives of the defence and security community, both public and
private (ministries, armed forces, European institutions, national
parliaments and industries).