European Defense Policy Considered, feat. EU Commissioner Michel Barnier
European Defense Policy Considered:
How the EU Can Become a Security Provider
Commissioner Michel Barnier
EU Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services
Dr. John J. Hamre
CEO, President, and the Pritzker Chair, CSIS
Ms. Heather A. Conley
Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Europe Program
Thursday, June 12, 2014
3:00pm - 4:00pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Please join us for a discussion with Michel Barnier, European Union Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services, on the future of European defense. In December, EU leaders met to discuss the state of EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) and noted, “… Europe's strategic and geopolitical environment is evolving rapidly. Defense budgets in Europe are constrained, limiting the ability to develop, deploy, and sustain military capabilities. […] The EU and its Member States must exercise greater responsibilities in response to those challenges if they want to contribute to maintaining peace and security through CSDP together with key partners such as the United Nations and NATO."
Towards this end, Commissioner Barnier will share the European Commission’s view on recent decisions by top EU leaders to enhance the visibility of CSDP missions, strengthen cooperation between member states, and better integrate the European Defense Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) in light of: new threats and instability in the EU’s neighborhood; reduced European defense budgets and R&D spending; uncertainty over future procurement strategies and priorities; and increased competition in the global defense market place. After 10 years of CSDP missions, has a coherent “European defense policy” emerged? Will the crisis in Ukraine lead European countries to increase their defense spending? How could EU institutions help Member States better coordinate national policies? Can Europe’s defense sector align with the principles of the internal market and in turn support a more robust CSDP? What might a future EU defense agenda look like? Commissioner Barnier will address these timely questions and more.