Events > CESI: CESI@Noon on ‘European Defence Union: What Next?’

Event Details:

  • 18th October 2017
  • 13h00 - 14h30
  • Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU
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CESI: CESI@Noon on ‘European Defence Union: What Next?’

On October 18, CESI will hold the 17th edition of its lunchtime event series “CESI@noon” – this time together with the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU on “European Defence Union: What next?” Registration is now possible.

During the course of 2015 – 2017, Europe has witnessed a rapid change of its security environment due to new factors, modern threats and a steady increase of its security needs.

Trend changing measures are being envisaged at EU level. The commission has issued a reflection paper on the future of European defence as part of the white paper process. Common military assets and the will of the EU “to engage at an unprecedented level in defence to support Member States” are being discussed. In order to create a defence union, all EU instruments, including EU funding, as well as the full potential of the Treaties shall be exploited.

What are the next steps? What are the opportunities and the threats regarding the European Defence Fund and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme? What are the views on the establishment of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) within the EU military staff (EUMS)?

These and other questions shall be raised and assessed from different perspectives, including from representatives of those mostly concerned: the military staff.

Light lunch from 12:30, event begins at 13:00

Simultaneous interpretation into English/German.

Welcome speech

Friedrich von Heusinger
Director, Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union


Brigadier General Heinz Krieb
EU Military Staff, Director Concepts & Capabilities, European External Action Service

Panel Discussion with the participation of

Captain Andreas Steinmetz
Deputy Chair, Deutscher BundeswehrVerband

Emmanuel Jacob
President, EUROMIL

Michael Gahler
Member, European Parliament


Hajo Friedrich

Concluding remarks

Romain Wolff
President, CESI

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