Upcoming event: A Common European Defence Market – How to Tackle Fragmentation

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Among the main targets of European defence initiatives is the fragmentation and inefficiency of the European defence market. European Union member states currently procure 80% of their defence equipment nationally. According to a European Commission estimate, this leads to a loss of around 50 billion € in opportunity costs per year. Fostering a more collaborative defence market will be a key if policy makers in Europe wish for more capable and interoperable armed forces.

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Upcoming conference: Stuck in the Middle with You: Transatlantic Security from Syria to Ukraine

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Date: 12-13 October 2016
Venue
: Hotel Leopold, Rue du Luxembourg, 35-1050 Brussels

ABOUT THE EVENT
At the juncture of an ongoing conflict in Syria, porous borders on Europe’s outer fringe and continued instability in Ukraine, Europe is more unstable than ever since the end of the Cold War.
The British June Referendum to exit the European Union adds fuel to the fire of uncertainty, especially when it comes to European defence cooperation and the EU defence component. Wedged between these ongoing challenges, NATO sceptics on either side of the Atlantic are running or will be running for elections in important allied countries such as the United States and later in Germany and France. Continue reading