Friday, 17.05.2019 - Friday, 17.05.2019

European Defence and Security Initiatives: An Early Assessment

This round table discussion aims to debate the recent trends and initiatives in European security and defence policy and to make a first assessment. It is being co-organised by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Athens.

The panel of distinguished specialists will update us on the state of the EU’s structured cooperation agenda, discuss the degree of strategic autonomy we desire and need, as well as the EU-NATO relations, and interpret the concepts of a European Defence Union and a European Army. It will explore the challenges of the current geostrategic context in the region and the stance of Greece within. 

Welcome and introduction: Ulrich Storck, Director FES Athens


  • Pierre Haroche, Research Fellow, IRSEM, Paris
  • Elena Lazarou, Policy Analyst, Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services, European Parliament
  • Torben Schütz, Associate Fellow, DGAP, Berlin
  • Nikolaos Votsios, International Relations Director, General Directorate of National Defence Policy and International Relations (GDNDPIR), Ministry of National Defence

Moderator: Thanos Dokos, Director-General, ELIAMEP

The event will be held in English, on Friday 17 May 2019, at 10:30-13.00 hrs, at Aegli Zappiou - Prive hall (1st floor).

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