Redrawing the security map

27 June 2013

Palais d'Egmont, Brussels


In the run up to the December 2013 European Council devoted to defence issues, and in view of ongoing austerity cuts in EU and NATO member states, the Security & Defence Day ’13 addressed several questions: Does Europe have the means to fulfil its global security ambitions and stabilise its own neighbourhood? How could NATO’s ‘smart defence’ and EU’s ‘pooling and sharing’ relieve the pressure on defence budget and what could be done to kick-start a renewed defence industry drive? This year’s debate spanned many topics, including how cooperation between the EU and NATO might be improved to avoid duplication in maritime operations, mitigate the threats posed by terrorism and coordinate their cyber-security as well as cyber defence strategies. 


Speakers included :

Stéphane Beemelmans, State Secretary of the German Ministry of Defence

Pieter De Crem, Belgian Defence Minister

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Co-president of Security & Defence Agenda (SDA)

Franco Frattini, Former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former European Commissioner

Bogdan Klich, Member of the Polish Senate and former Polish Defence Minister

Rt. Hon. Lord John Reid, Former UK Defence Secretary and Home Secretary, Principal of the Chertoff Group and Chair of the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies






SecDef is an annual high level conference organised in Brussels which gathers key actors from both civilian and military backgrounds to exchange ideas and discuss the future of the security and defence policies in Europe.


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