EU member states could use their human resources more effectively by opening their national armed forces to citizens of other EU member states. In so doing, they would pave the way for more diverse and hence more attractive national armed forces and take a step forward on the way towards a European Army. They would also extend the rights of an increasing number of mobile citizens in the EU. Belgium and Ireland are two examples from which other countries can learn. Continue reading
Liberal defence experts gathered in Brussels on May 24 and 25 for a two-day exchange on the “Future of European Security”. 19 participants from 11 countries convened at what was the third edition of a regular conference initiated last year by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF).
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.
Every national military has its unique culture. This is being expressed in terms of citizen’s and employee’s rights of the individual soldier, the steepness of hierarchy, focus of training, exercise of leadership and the experience of combat, just to name a few.
Last weekend the LYMEC (European Liberal Youth) Congress took place in Talinn, Estonia. There, Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Roivas, has given FNF an exclusive Interview on topics such as Estiona’s current political developments, as well as Europe’s security concerns.
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