This event is the third in the series “Overcoming Obstacles on the Way Towards a European Army” jointly organised by the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation for Freedom (FNF) & EUROMIL.
Most European parties agree on the project of further integration in the field of security and defence. The objective of further integration is to enhance military capabilities as well as to align and interoperate military assets. This requires the establishment of a common European defence market, which is not only a major political challenge but also a crucial bottleneck for any deeper security cooperation in general.
Currently, European Union member states procure 80% of their defence equipment nationally. According to the European Union, this leads to an estimated loss of around 75 billion € in opportunity costs per year. At the same time, the current practice of procurement doesn’t aim to complement the demand of the European community but mainly the national one. The shortfall of collaboration is at least equally important in the field of research and development.
The event aims at understanding the status quo, the demands of the stakeholders and to elaborate possible solutions that accommodate the key players’ interests. The speakers will represent the key players.