European Defence Industry Summit 2018

Debating the Future of European Defence

What is EDIS? 

The European Defence Industry Summit is an annual event in its 3rd year. The Summit provides a platform for debating the key issues facing the defence industry in 2020. 


In 2018 EDIS discussed: With the topic of European defence as high on the EU agenda as ever, it is the best time to stimulate further discussion on how to make defence cooperation among the Member States successful. Cash, Capability and Cooperation are the keywords for European Defence in 2019. The symbolic 3C's will take a major lead in the discussion to prepare the policymakers and industry leaders for the challenges in the year of institutional changes.

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Each year the European Defence Industry Summit brings together speakers from a broad range of expertise in defence strategies and technologies, and this year is no exception.


EDIS 2018 featured policy-makers, business leaders and academic institutions working on the front lines of defence. 




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Jorge Domecq

European Defence Agency
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Pierre Delsaux

European Commission
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Pedro Serrano

European External Action Service
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Valerie Evans

Government of the United Kingdom
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Alain Alexis

European Comission
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Brando Benifei

European Parliament
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Martin Konertz

European Defence Agency
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Laura Piovesan

European Investment Bank
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Daniel Michaels

Wall Street Journal
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Tomáš Kopečný

Government of Czech Republic
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Patrick Fesquet

NATO Support and Procurement Agency
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Kusti Salm

Government of Estonia
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Pierre Defraigne

Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation
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Carmen Gonsalves

Government of The Netherlands
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Chris Lombardi

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Rudy Priem

United Technologies
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Claude Alber

Collins Aerospace
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Anne Bauer

Les Echos

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Add to Calendar 2018-12-06 08:30 2018-12-06 17:45 Europe/Paris European Defence Industry Summit 2018 European Defence Industry Summit 2018 Palais d'Egmont - Egmont Palace - Place du Petit Sablon 8 bis, B-1000 Brussels

EDIS in Pictures


Check here to hear about up-to-date news on sessions, speakers and topics at this year's European Defence Industry Summit!

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Pedro Serrano To Speak At EDIS


Pedro Serrano will join European Defence on December 6th at the 1st Panel which will be discussing the question: « Getting Closer To A Defence Union? »

Pedro Serrano is the EEAS Deputy Secretary-General since 2015. Previously, he was Managing Director a.i. for Crisis Response Operational Coordination of the EEAS and served as Principal Advisor on External Affairs to former President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.

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Peter Dohmen to join the EDIS at the Afternoon Session from 14:00 -17:30

Peter Dohmen will be discussing how SME's can break Defence Procurement Barriers. Peter Dohmen has retired as the Major General from the Royal Netherlands Army and is the current General Manager for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. 

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Discover the themes of EDIS

The second edition of the European Defence Industry Summit will welcome industry professionals and policymakers to Brussels once again to discuss the future of European defence.

This edition is focused on three keywords:

Cash, Capability and Cooperation.

Cash: Money talks, and this year we are interested in what defence investments are crucial for the future of the defence industry. 

Capability: Following the model set by the Capability Development Plan, EDIS will explore the creative process behind the latest defence technology and innovation while at the same time, problematizing, how can SMEs break defence procurement barriers?

Cooperation: European defence hinges on the ability for cooperation among EU and NATO members.

These three themes are just the beginning because it is the sharing of ideas and discussions that follow that are at the heart of EDIS' success.

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