The European Defence Fund: The EU investing in our security

2018-03-07 2018-03-07 | Innovation and research; Investment and EFSI  | 9:00 - 14:00 | Riga City Council, Ratslaukums 1, Riga - Assembly Hall
 
 
 The city of Riga, Latvia, is organising with the European Committee of the Regions on 7 March a stakeholders' debate on "The EU investing in our security". This debate is taking place in the context of the Opinion on the European Defence Fund (EDF) and our broader "Reflecting on Europe" campaign.
This campaign aims at bringing the EU closer to its territories and citizens by organising events on-site instead of in Brussels.

 

The event in Riga will welcome all defence stakeholders from Latvia and beyond: companies, universities, the cluster of security and defence in Latvia, local journalists, and local and regional authorities.
A first session will inform stakeholders on EU security and defence issues, and on the EU added value of the EDF. A second session will focus on EU business opportunities for companies in the defence and dual-use sectors.
                                              
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
 
09:30 – 09:40 Opening by Mr Nils Ušakovs, Mayor of Riga City
 
Introduction to the "Reflecting on Europe" campaign and survey
               
09:40 – 09:50 Address by Mr Gints Kaminskis, Chairman of the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments - tbc 
                                     
09:50 – 10:00 Welcome by Mr Dainis Turlais, member of the Riga City Council and rapporteur on defence at the European Committee of the Regions 
 
Introduction of the European Committee of the Regions and his work on defence and security as rapporteur
 
10:00 – 11:15 Discussions panel 1 - The EU protecting its citizens and reinforcing security at our borders
 
Keynote speech by the European Commission - Maciej Szymanski
Presentation of EU action to build security and the European Defence Fund
 
Discussion and debate with panellists and audience
Arnoldas Abramavičius, CoR Members
Jānis Garisons, Ministry of Defence, Latvia –tbc
Aldis Gulbis, DATI Group
Toms Baumanis, Riga Stradins University, Vice-Rector for Development
 
11:15 – 11:45 Family Photo
 
Coffee break
 
11:45 – 12:45 Discussion panel 2 - EU financial opportunities to support our industry
 
Keynote speech by the European Commission – Maciej Szymanski
What is in the EU defence policy to develop our local industry and our territory?
 
Discussion and debate with panellists and audience
Gunnar Muent, Director for Innovation and Competitiveness, European Investment Bank
Tālis Juhna, Riga Technical University, Vice-Rector for Research
Gaidis Zeibots, Riga Shipyard, Council Member
 
12:45 – 12:55 Federation of Security and Defence Industries of Latvia – Elīna Egle,    Chairwomen of the Board

Building partnerships for strong Europe: Passion. Patience. Persistance.
 
12:55 – 13:10 Closing remarks by Dainis Turlais, member of the Riga City Council and rapporteur on defence at the European Committee of the Regions

Future challenges and opportunities for the security of the EU
 
13:10 – 13:40 Press briefing
In parallel
 
13:10 – 14:30 Lunch
 
  • Intepretation will be available in English and Latvian
 

Contact:
Contact Person: Linda Pukite
Organizer: European Committee of the Regions and Riga City Council
Phone - Mobile:   -  
Fax:  
Email: Linda.Pukite@riga.lv