European Defence & Security Summit stressed importance of defence industry in a dramatically changed security environment

Source: ASD Europe, Defence Industry Europe

Over 850 participants (400 on-site and 450 online) gathered for a European Defence & Security Summit co-hosted by the Aerospace, Security and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and European Business Summits (EBS) in Brussels, on May 11. The event brought together key societal stakeholders to discuss some of the most pressing challenges facing European defence and security in a dramatically changed security environment, especially in light of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine.

The event featured panel discussions and interviews with representatives from EU institutions, national governments, NATO, industry, academia, media and civil society.


High-level speakers included, amongst other, Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Union; Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the Commission for Promoting our European Way of Life; Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Internal Market (video message); Oleksii Reznikov, Minister of Defence, Ukraine (video message); Greta Monika Tučkutė, Vice-Minister of Defence, Lithuania; Admiral Rob Bauer, Chair of the NATO Military Committee; Micael Johansson, CEO of Saab, and Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Fincantieri. See here for a full list of speakers/panelists.



The summit was set up amid the broad societal consensus that the new security environment marks a turning point and necessitates a change of paradigm for how to deal with defence capabilities in Europe, after decades of having taken peace and freedom for granted. Europe must catch up rapidly which comes along with enormous challenges – for citizens, politicians, armed forces as well as industry. This raises many important questions, amongst other related to ramp-up of defence production, technological superiority, hybrid threats, cyber security, the protection of critical infrastructure, space, and the energy transition – topics that were discussed at the conference.



“This Defence and Security Summit was an important forum and has clearly shown: To cope with the new security environment, Europe must have a strong defence industry that provides the technologies and systems our armed forces need,” said ASD Secretary General Jan Pie.

“The debates have highlighted the vital role our industry plays for the protection of European citizens against military and hybrid threats, while at the same time being a key enabler for a secure and sustainable development. I am very pleased about the high interest and the turnout of this summit. ASD looks forward to continuing the conversation as we work together to strengthen Europe’s defence and security posture. I would like to thank all participants and our partners at EBS for co-organising this conference,” he stressed.


A recording of each panel can be accessed via this link. Some of the key messages have also been reported here.



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