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8. 6. 2017 16:56

Defence & Security Conference Prague

On 9 June 2017, Prague will host a unique high-level conference on European security and defence under the auspices of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. The Defence and Security Conference Prague – held at the Žofín Palace – will be opened by the Prime Minister and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Conference programme: Defence and Security Conference Prague 2017

8.00–8.30 Registration

8.50 Family Photo

9.00–10.15 Keynote speeches

  • Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
  • Rose Gottemoeller, NATO deputy Secretary General
  • Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the Commission

 10.15–11.45 Panel I.: Perspectives of the EU Common Security and Defence Policy

  • Sylvie Goulard, Minister for the Armed Forces of France
  • Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic
  • Prof. George Katarougalos, Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs of Hellenic Republic
  • Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

11.45–12.15 Press conference

  • Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister of the Czech government
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
  • Rose Gottemoeller, NATO Deputy Secretary General

12.45–13.05 Opening speeches

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission

13.05–14.35 Panel II.: European defence capacities

  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the European Commission
  • Jonatan Vseviov, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Estonia
  • Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency
  • Éric Trappier, President of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe
  • Martin Stropnický, Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic

14.35–15.00 Closing remarks

  • Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France
  • Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

15.10–15.30 Press conference

  • Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
  • Martin Stropnický, Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the European Commission
  • Jonatan Vseviov, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence of Estonia

 

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European Vision. European Responsibility.  

On 9 June 2017, Prague will host a unique high-level conference on European security and defence under the auspices of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka. The Defence and Security Conference Prague – held at the Žofín Palace – will be opened by the Prime Minister and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Strong European security and defence cooperation is essential for our future. There needs to be a thorough discussion on the matter on all levels possible. Pursuing this, the European Council in June will provide a strategic guidance to the strengthening of the Common Security and Defence Policy and the European Commission has included the security and defence issue in its White Paper on the Future of Europe. Moreover, the necessary strengthening of the EU-NATO strategic partnership has been launched at the NATO Warsaw Summit 2016.

The aim of the Defence and Security Conference Prague is to highlight all these important aspects of the ongoing debates and identify possible joint steps, which will be necessary to undertake at the European level.

The programme of the event includes topics as follows: strengthening security and defence cooperation, EU-NATO partnership and complementarity, and defence research and military capability development, including the European Defence Action Plan. In order to cover this wide range of issues, the conference will be divided into two panels.

The Prague conference will bring together high-level speakers from the EU Member States, EU institutions, NATO and European defence industry and will be attended by senior representatives of the EU Member States, think-tanks and academia, diplomatic corps and last, but not least, representatives of the private sector.

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