Industrial Defence Policies in Europe 

Ambitions for the defence sector


4 December 2014

Palais d'Egmont, Brussels


For its seventh edition, the Security & Defence Day Conference, Sec&Def, will gather high level speakers and participants from across Europe and beyond. Speakers will include high level speakers such as Pierre Vimont, Executive Secretary General at the EEAS, Michèle Alliot-Marie, Member of the European Parliament and former French Minister of Defence, Claude-France Arnould, Chief executive of the European Defence Agency, Slawomir Tokarski, Head of Defence Unit, DG ENTR of the European Commission, and Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Resources Based, Manufacturing and Consumer Goods industries, DG ENTR of the European Commission. The perspectives of the European Member States will also be represented through the participation of representatives from the Ministries of Defence of ItalyFrancethe United Kingdom, Sweden and Poland.

Current topics such as the implementation of the European Commission’s roadmap, the development of capabilities and solutions to strengthen the European Defence and Technological Industrial Base will be at the agenda of SecDef' 2014. The ambitions of European institutions and Member States for a comprehensive defence industrial strategy will also be discussed.

Indeed, defence issues have recently featured prominently on the European agenda. Following the December 2013 European Council dedicated to Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), Member States and European Institutions seem ready to act to for the reinforcement of the defence industry in Europe to face increasing competition in the global marketplace, to invest in research and technology, and to sustain the manufacturing of high quality equipments. In this context, this year's conference aims at stimulating the debate to define Europe's level of ambition for its defence and, as a result, to adapt the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base that will be key to maintain capabilities, technologies and jobs in Europe.




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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