Wednesday, 20.06.2018

The Future of European Defence – more Union needed?

An invite-only round table discussion on European security and defence policy.

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Athens Office are hosting an invite-only round table discussion which aims to debate the recent trends in European security and defence policy.

A panel of distinguished specialists will provide an update on the state of the EU’s structured cooperation agenda, discuss the degree of strategic autonomy it desires and needs, 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.

Inputs by:

Jo Coelmont, Egmont Institute Brussels, Former Belgian Permanent Representative to the Military Committee of the European Union
Thanos Dokos, Director-General, ELIAMEP, Athens
Hans-Peter Bartels, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Berlin 

Followed by a discussion with all participants chaired by Uwe Optenhögel, Vice-President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies FEPS and editor of the book ‘Strategic Autonomy and the Defense of Europe’

The event will be held in English, on Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Interested parties can contact us for the possibility of an invitation at info(at)


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