2015 February 6

[Report] Publication of the SecDef’14 Conference Report


The sixth edition of the Security and Defence Day took place in Brussels on 4 December 2014. About 200 participants, drawn from both the civilian and military spheres, attended this successful one-day conference entitled « Industrial Defence Policies in Europe – Ambitions for the defence sector ».

This year’s conference gave a fresh impetus to the debate on Europe’s level of ambition for its defence and for the reinforcement of a European Defence Technological and Industrial Base.

Since 2008, SecDef has established itself as the unmissable event in Brussels for European defence and security stakeholders. SecDef’14 was co-organised by the European Strategic Intelligence Compagny (CEIS) and the Egmont Institute.

The final report of the conference presenting the principal conclusions of the discussions is available on the conference website, such as many other documents published on the occasion of these event: www.secdef.eu

About SecDef

Since 2008, CEIS-European Office has been organising a high level conference on defence and security issues in Europe: the Security & Defence Day.

SecDef gathers more than 300 participants stemming from European institutions, national governments, and private sector. Established with the intent to become a unique place for debate on defence and security in Brussels, SecDef aims to gather relevant stakeholders, with both a civilian or military background, to debate together with several  European and national keypersonalities. Ministers from the Member states, members of the European Parliament and national assemblies, EU Commissioners and representatives of the European Commission, directors of EU agencies, high-ranking representatives of national authorities, members of the Armed Forces and leaders from the European industry have taken part in SecDef. The main objectives of this event are to create a space for the exchange of approaches, needs and knowledge, to generate convergence between these actors and to stimulate the general debate on security and defence policies in Europe.

SecDef features several plenary sessions designed to address current strategic and political issues, and specialised parallel sessions developed to provide participants with an in-depth examination of specific topics at the hearth of European security and defence cooperation: defence industry, maritime security, intelligence, space, cyber security, etc.

CEIS is the originator of the Security and Defence Day and co-organises the event in partnership with Think Tanks such as SDA, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Egmont Institute… For more information, see the dedicated SecDef website here or contact the CEIS Brussels’ team.