European Defence Industry Summit 2018

Debating the Future of European Defence

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 will feature policy-makers, business leaders and academic institutions working on the front lines of defence. 




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Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commission
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Jorge Domecq

European Defence Agency
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Mario Kanusek

Austrian Ministry of Defence
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Steven Vandeput

Belgian Ministry of Defence
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Helga Schmid

European External Action Service
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Fabrice Leggeri

European Border and Coast Guard Agency
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Françoise Grossetête

European Parliament
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Ioan Mircea Pașcu

European Parliament
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Pierre Delsaux

European Commission
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Pedro Serrano

European External Action Service
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Arturo Alfonso Meiriño

Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation
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Kusti Salm

Estonian Ministry of Defence
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Teri Schultz

Deutsche Welle
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Daniel Michaels

Wall Street Journal

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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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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.

Join us to have your voice heard.

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EBS Is Proud To Organise The European Defence Summit 2018

EDIS returns for its second year at the Egmont Palace! This year's agenda will discuss issues such as the future development and improvement of different EU defence mechanisms, international cooperation with non-EU actors and the role of SMEs in defence procurement.

Are you interested in partnering with us for the EDIS 2018?

For more information about a partnership please contact: Bartosz Lasota

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Take Aways From The First EDIS

Throughout the day, speakers and defence experts in the audience exchanged views on a broad spectrum of themes such as EU-NATO strategic partnership, development of defence equipment and technologies and the European Security and Defence Union. 

Did you miss last year's EDIS? Not to worry! Here is the note summarising key elements of the discussion written by Armida van Rij, Policy Researcher, Security and Defence Policy at the Policy Institute at King's College London. 

The EDIS team also invites you to read the Q&A with Chris Lombardi, Vice President, Business Development Europe at Raytheon International. 

Do you wish to have a quick look at the topics discussed? Take a look at the EDIS highlights for 2017.

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