9 April, 2015 – 14:00 to 15:30

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. Thank you for your understanding.

It has been three years since the first DAV4 Expert Group travelled to Norway and Sweden in order to get inspired by good practices established within the NORDEFCO framework. Since then, we have published a number of reports and policy briefs, inspiring others with a vision of a deeply collaborative region. By writing down fundamental principles guiding regional cooperation or in-depth recommendations in a number of areas including the battlegroups, training & education and cyber defence, our project have provided decision-makers in the region with a solid set of ideas.

Today, we see that our most ambitious recommendation – to create a habit of joint acquisitions – remains unfulfilled. As we believed that such an approach would be a game changer in modernisation of the region’s armed forces, we decided last year to carry out a special research on this specific topic.

We are ready to present and discuss with you our findings at the DAV4 Defence Industry Cooperation Debate, which will take place on Thursday, 9 April 2015, from 14 :00 to 15:30 in the premises of the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) at Klariska 14, Bratislava.

Key findings of a recently published report by the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) entitled Regional Defense Cooperation: Lessons from Norden and Visegrad will also be presented.


ChairMarian Majer, Head of the Security and Defence Policy Programme, CEPI;

Jozef Bátora, associate professor and director at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University in Bratislava;

Zoltán Bali, Head of the Defence Planning Department, Ministry of Defence of Hungary;

Gabriel Merňák, former National Armaments Director, Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic;

Martin Michelot, Non-Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Paris.