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12 mai 2011 4 12 /05 /mai /2011 11:30

European Defence Agency


Brussels - 11 May 2011 EDA News


On 11 May the Agency hosted a High Level Seminar on the scope of application of Article 346 TFEU which provides for Member States exempting certain defence contracts from the rules of the EU internal market to protect essential national security interests.


Over 100 senior government representatives discussed the legal framework for defence procurement, exchanged views on the specificities of the defence market and addressed the implications for national security interests and operational sovereignty.


Recent Member States’ and Commission initiatives towards greater openness of European defence markets have significantly contributed to the development of a genuine European Defence Equipment Market. Both intergovernmental and regulatory efforts introducing transparent and competitive rules in defence procurement help ensure that the Member States’ Armed Forces get the best possible, cutting-edge equipment at the right time while achieving the best value for money.


The seminar concluded that this twin-track approach based on a confidence building process, transparency and a continuous dialogue with all stakeholders is the best way to address the defence market’s strategic contribution to meeting and sustaining national security needs and CSDP commitments.


The speakers included:


    Josselin de Rohan, President of the French Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces

    Edgar Buckley, Senior Vice President, Thales

    Klaus Wiedner, Head of Unit Formulation and Enforcement of Public Procurement Law, DG Market, the European Commission

    Nicolas Pourbaix, Senior Associate at Hogan Lovell

    Rob de Jong, National Armaments Director, Ministry of Defence, the Netherlands

    Arto Koski, Deputy National Armaments Director, Ministry of Defence, Finland

    Robert Regan, Head of Directorate for International Acquisition Policy, Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom

    Werner Frank, Deputy Director for Legal and Economic Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Germany

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