International Seminar: European Defence Economy

//International Seminar: European Defence Economy

To be held on 24 May, this seminar aims to discuss the European defence ecosystem, reflect on its challenges and ways ahead, and inform on the EU policies, programmes and funding. It further hopes to leverage the momentum with the participation of the Defence Industry Representatives to promote a dialogue on the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB).

Organised by idD – Portugal Defence, on the occasion of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the seminar will gather participants from the EU, NATO, national governments, including the military, industry, academia and non-governmental organisations, leveraging their diverse backgrounds in the strive to provide for a forum which contributes to the advancement of the European Defence Economy.

This event will be held in a hybrid format, taking place simultaneously at CCB and via WebEx.

08h30: Opening Remarks

09h-10h15: Is Europe’s Defence vaccinated against crises?

This is an important political moment to ensure that Europe delivers on defence. The panel will discuss current defence initiatives such as PESCO, EDF, CARD, EU-NATO cooperation. The panellists will also exchange views on challenges ahead and opportunities for Europe’s Defence, particularly for the future of the European Defence Industry, taking into account the developments regarding the MFF, Defence budgets, lessons learned from Covid-19, the need for cross-border collaboration, R&D and the role of SMEs.

 10h45 – 12h: Wind of change in Europe’s Defence Industry? – A perspective from Industry

This panel will discuss the great momentum for Defence witnessed in the last five years and what it meant for the Defence Industry (with the EU Global Strategy and the European Defence Action Plan, the creation of bold instruments such as PESCO, FED and CARD and more recently, with the creation of Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space). The panel will share some of Industry’s concerns regarding the current defence investment and R&D investment.

The panellists will also reflect on the challenges ahead and opportunities taking into account the developments regarding MFF, Defence budgets, Covid-19, the need for cross-border collaboration and the role of SMEs.

14h00 – 15h30: EU actions in support of SMEs, Clusters and Regions

This panel will discuss the several available policies, instruments and mechanisms in different EU organisms to support the SMEs, clusters and regions. The panellists will also debate how to bring authorities, clusters and businesses together in order to enhance the European Defence.

 15h45 – 17h30: Bridging gaps: Dual-use equals dual benefits

During this session, the participants will share their experiences, challenges, and successes in the area of dual-use and reflect on how to bridge the gap and explore dual-use opportunities.

17h30 – 19h00: B2B networking

18h30: Workshops conclusions

19h00: Closing Remarks and Way ahead