Europe is facing up to the reality of COVID-19. Today, four years after launching the EU defence initiatives, we have the right tools at our disposal to overcome diverse challenges through cooperation. The work of Europe’s armed forces throughout the pandemic has been lauded by our citizens, but it has equally highlighted key capabilities and investment in European defence.

Sustaining European Defence is, therefore, the timely focus of the European Defence Agency’s (EDA) Annual Conference. The high-level event will be held in the format of a virtual event over the course of two half days on 3 and 4 December, and will provide the annual rendezvous for the wider European defence community to discuss European defence cooperation – particularly how it can be sustained in the light of multiple varied challenges. All registered participants will be able to join via a virtual event platform. However – only a limited number will be able to register and attendance will be governed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Click here ( for direct access to the registration process.

As well as the keynote addresses to be expected of such an event, the agenda also contains a presentation on how to build on the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) process and a high-level debate on the topical subject of ‘Increasing European Defence Cooperation in Times of Crisis.’

The format will be different to the 2019 iteration of the Agency’s conference, but the same level of debate and engagement is confidently expected. (Photo: EDA)

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