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Discussion on strengthening European defence cooperation and industry, presentation of conclusions of the workshops, ad hoc discussion and adoption of Conclusions

Discussion on strengthening European defence cooperation and industry, presentation of conclusions of the workshops, ad hoc discussion and adoption of Conclusions
Débat sur le renforcement de la coopération et de l'industrie européennes en matière de défense, présentation des conclusions des ateliers, discussion ad hoc et conclusions
Second day of the Conference: strengthening European defence cooperation and industry

On the second day of the Conference, Minister of Defence, Damir Krstičević addressed the participants, outlining the priorities of the Croatian Presidency in the field of security and defence, emphasizing that they were in line with EU strategic documents. In his presentation, he referred to the implementation of European defence initiatives and noted that Croatia has been involved in these projects within the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). He stressed that EU-NATO cooperation should be complementary in order to avoid overlaps. He also stressed the need to strengthen the Union's efforts to achieve the security and stability of Southeast Europe. He stressed the need to further develop the European defence industry and outlined Croatia's achievements in that area. He concluded by emphasizing that it was necessary for the European defence industry to be financially competitive under the new Multiannual Financial Framework.
European Commission’s Director-General for Defence Industry and Space, Timo Pesonen, agreed that it was necessary to continue developing strategic partnerships and transatlantic cooperation, but also to work on the strategic autonomy of the European Union. He also stressed the importance of investing in SMEs that would bring innovation and necessity to ensure their cross-border cooperation and further investment in developing programs that would enable progress in that area.
Acting Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy and crisis response of the European External Action Service, Pawel Herczynski stressed the need to achieve coherence in the field of defence systems in the European Union, noting that a strategic review of PESCO to be carried out this year should give a clearer vision of its future development. In conclusion, he noted that the 21st century defence has been a complex issue that involves strategic thinking and connection of defence with other areas and strategic innovations.
In the continuation of the Conference, summary conclusions of the workshops were presented and an ad hoc topic was discussed.
Ad hoc discussion was included in the Conference Agenda for the first time in order to increase the dynamics of the debate and provide added value to the Conference, at the same time allowing the delegations to have greater influence on the agenda, focusing on recent global developments.
The proposals for discussion on an ad hoc topic submitted by national parliaments focused on the situation in two countries in the southeast of the Mediterranean - Libya and Syria. The discussion highlighted that the long-running conflicts and the humanitarian situation in the two countries pose a threat to peace in the region and affect the security and stability of the European Union. Furthermore, instability in the European neighbourhood poses challenges for the European Union's efforts to improve its effectiveness and visibility as a leading global player.
The Conference ended with the adoption of Conclusions, which will be addressed to the Speakers of the EU parliaments, the President of the European Parliament, the President of the European Council, the President of the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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