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2022: A Year of European Defence

December 5, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 6:15 pm

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EUROMIL and Egmont have the honour of inviting you to an expert seminar on

 2022: A Year of European Defence

Date: 05 December 2022
Time: 12:30-18:15
Venue: Club Prince Albert, rue des Petits Carmes 20, 1000 Brussels

2022 was a challenging year for European defence: the decision to support Ukraine against the Russian invader, and the need to provide more depth to Europe’s own forces, created a strong sense of urgency.

Has 2022 been the year of European defence? The adoption of the Strategic Compass, increased defence spending in all EU Member States, and the move towards joint procurement certainly are indicators of progress.

This seminar aims to critically assess the EU’s achievements in the field of defence over the past year, to recommend ways forward, and to analyse what the implications are for the soldier: the men and women in uniform who ultimately have to make it happen.


Participation by invitation only – Working language English
The Chatham House Rule will apply


12.30-13.30   Light Lunch

13.30-13.45   Opening Session

Welcome by Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University, and Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL

13.45-15.15    Panel Session 1: EU Achievements

Chair: Elena Lazarou, Acting Head of the External Policies Unit of the European Parliamentary. Research Service (EPRS)

  • Bruno Angelet, Security Policy Director, Belgian Foreign Affairs
  • Dr Daniel Fiott, Centre for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS), VUB
  • Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University

15.15-15.45    Coffee

15.45-17.15    Panel Session 2: Implications for the Soldier

Chair: Jonna Naumanen, Senior Advisor to EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, EEAS

  • Lieutenant-General Marc Thys, VCHOD, Belgian Defence
  • Brigadier-General Bart Laurent, EUMS
  • Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL

17.15-18.15    Reception



December 5, 2022
12:30 pm - 6:15 pm


Club Prince Albert, rue des Petits Carmes 20, 1000 Brussels
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