Tuesday 30 November



Welcome remarks


Gen. Jean Rannou, Director of Security and Defence, CEIS

Keynote speech


Pieter De Crem, Belgian Minister of Defence

Plenary Session "Institutional challenges for the EU's growing political power"


The institutional architecture behind the EU's global outreach is set to look very different now the Lisbon treaty is in place. How will increased parliamentary oversight at national and European level affect CSDP? Beyond the obvious challenges of determining the EEAS's eventual institutional shape, how will the next EU budget and financial instruments (2014-2020) affect European foreign and security policy? Is there a roadmap for implementing Permanent Structured Cooperation? How well do the EU's increasingly determined crisis response efforts fit into its overall foreign and security policies?

Kristalina Georgieva,European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Karel Kovanda, Deputy Director General for External Relations, European Commission
Geoffrey van Orden, MEP, Member of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
H.E. Mr. Jean-Louis Falconi, PSC Ambassador, French Permanent Representation to the EU

Moderated by
Giles Merritt, Director of the Security & Defence Agenda

Coffee break


Parallel Sessions I


Securing long-term resources 

Strategic resources such as food, water, energy and industrial raw materials will become increasingly important in the coming decades. What instruments does the EU have for securing supply routes to Europe? To what extent should delivering key resources to Europeans be left up to the private sector? Will the European Union have to make a choice between a humanitarian or an interest-guided agenda?

Christian Ehler, Member of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
Gwenole Cozigou, Director for Chemicals, Metals, Mechanical, Electricaland Construction industries, Raw materials, European Commission
Michel Rademaker, Deputy Director of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO

Moderated by
Willy De Backer, Head of the Greening Europe Forum, Friends of Europe

Dissuasion and non-proliferation

The lack of a clear nuclear dissuasion policy has been a feature of security thinking in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Are EU member states ready to take the tough decisions in response to the change in US missile defence policy? As only two EU member states have a nuclear dissuasion capability, can Europe react with one voice to the Obama administration's disarmament initiative? Is non-proliferation even on the EU's agenda?

Didier Gambier, Adviser for strategic issues relating to industrial technologies, Directorate General for Research, European Commission
Lt. Gen. Paul Fouilland, Commander of the Strategic Air Force, French Ministry of Defence
Maurizio Martellini, Secretary General, Landau Network- Centro Volta

Moderated by
Michel de Gliniasty, Senior Advisor, CEIS

Solidarity and the management of migration flows

What should the EU do to reconcile growing migratory pressures to the South with maintaining relations with strategic neighbours? The political groundswell in Europe suggests that unlimited immigration may be increasingly controversial, especially in light of the financial crisis. How can national immigration policies be better coordinated at European level, and how should the collective impact of these policies be assessed? Would new European development tools allow for a rethink of European migration policies?

Simon Busuttil, Member of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
Michael T. Dougherty, Director of Immigration Control, Raytheon Homeland Security
Brig. Gen. Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director, European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation (Frontex)

Moderated by
Giles Merritt,
Director of the Security & Defence Agenda



Parallel Sessions II


Can the EU be the world's emergency response team?

Enhancing its crisis management capabilities is crucial to strengthening the EU's role as a global actor. How should 'civ-mil' synergies be further developed, and what tools does the Lisbon treaty offer to allow the EU to act more cohesively and with greater flexibility? What strategic capabilities need to be developed and how can the EU ensure better crisis management? Does the EU need to work more effectively with other international organisations, and is there scope for the creation of EU 'humanitarian battle groups'?

Brig. Gen. Giovanni Manione, Deputy Director-General for Crisis Management, Council of the European Union
Col. Jorge Esteves, Commander, European Gendarmerie Force
Florika Fink-Hooijer, Head of Cabinet of Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Lt. Col. René Wagemans, Former Head of CIMIC/Humanitarian Crisis Response Branch, Belgian First Aid & Support Team (B-FAST), Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Moderated by
Axel Dyevre
, Director of the European Office, CEIS

Aerial systems: giving Europe strategic autonomy

Air power ranges from reconnaissance to combat, airlift and logistics, and is a key research and development driver. From Chad to Afghanistan, recent operations have once again highlighted the importance of helicopters and UAVs, but also the EU's weaknesses in these areas. What are Europe's strengths and weaknesses and what developments lie just over the horizon? How best could Europe achieve strategic autonomy in the field, and should future development work be brought back into the fold of the European Defence Technological Industrial Base? What new cooperation possibilities are there within European security research and innovation for the EDA and the European Commission?

Col. (Ret.) Michael S. Francis, Chief Advanced Programs, United Technologies Research Center
Maj. Gen. Jochen Both, Commander, European Air Transport Command
Maj. Gen. Carlo Magrassi, Deputy Chief Executive for Strategy, European Defence Agency
Peter M. Wagner, Head of Unit for Defence, Aeronautice and Maritime Industries, European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry

Moderated by
Giles Merritt
, Director of the Security & Defence Agenda

The EU as a maritime power

Piracy has re-focused attention on Europe's naval capabilities, and on its limitations. What lessons have been learnt from the EU led Atalanta mission off the coast of Somalia, and could this serve as a  "test-run" for future maritime operations? What do the Western Sahara, the Levant, the Aegean and the Balkans have in common that might suggest a shared "Mediterranean" approach to maritime security? How realistic is the idea of a collective EU naval strategy?

Adm. Lutz Feldt, Former Chief of Staff of the German Navy, and Member of the Group of "Wise Pens"
Ana Maria Gomes, Member of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence, European Parliament
Rear Adm. Antonio Silva Ribeiro, Deputy Vice Chief of Portuguese Naval Staff, Portuguese Navy

Moderated by
Olivier Zajec, Deputy Director, Strategic Forecasting Department, CEIS

Coffee Break


Closing Debate


Gerald Howarth, Minister for International Security Strategy, UK Ministry of Defence

Anticipating threats is key to military and civilian planning and readiness. Is climate change likely to be the next big threat to European security, and if so what level of impact can be expected in the next 20 years? To what extent do cyber-attacks constitute a threat and where do defences need to be built up? What effect may the worldwide economic crisis have on security relations between the EU and rising powers?

Moderated by
Giles Merritt, Director of the Security & Defence Agenda

Closing remarks

Olivier Darrason, Chairman of CEIS and Chairman of the Board of the French Institute of High Studies for National Defence (IHEDN)  


End of Conference