How has the European defence industry been changing? A critical debate held within the scope of MSPO 2023

04 july 2023
As part of the 31st edition of the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Kielce, the Ministry of Development and Technology in conjunction with with Targi Kielce hold a high-level, thematic debate devoted to the transformation of the European defense industry.

The event enables discussion on the development of EU industrial policy and the role of the defense industry, international cooperation in the domain of industry, including the development of synergies with the space sector in terms of economic and defense challenges. The seminar's objective is to shift the paradigm related to defense capabilities in Europe, after decades of peace and freedom interrupted by the war in Ukraine.


Important stakeholders of the European defence sector have been invited to participate in the debate: Dr Christoph ATZPODIEN, Director General of the Federal Association of the German Security and Defense Industry - BDSV, Tuija KARANKO, Secretary General of the AFDA - Association of the Finnish Defense and Aerospace Industry, Robert JOUDKA Member of the Board of the Lithuanian Defense and Security Industry Association (LDSIA), Henrik Navntoft SØNDERSKOV, Principal Consultant Danish Defense Industry and Security Association (DIDAS) and experts from industry, political milieus, and academia. The debate offers a platform for institutional and business leaders to reflect on Europe's defense transformation in a changing security environment.


The debate is held when important actions are being taken at the EU level resulting from the implementation of the strategic compass, the defense and space package, and instruments for financing research and capability projects at the level designed do develop the European technological and industrial base.

The discussion's aim is to strengthen cooperation between the administration and industry, including private and public entities. This discussion is set in the light of the priority directions of transformation of the European defense industry.

The "Transformation of the European defense industry" conference is held on the second day of MSPO, 6 September, from 10.30 to 13.30 in the Omega Congress Hall.

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