17 October, 2016 – 15:00 to 17:00
Hotel Arcadia, Františkánska 3, Bratislava


On October 17, 2016 the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) in cooperation with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA) is organizing a project presentation by the task force CEPS-FES followed by debate on the theme: “More Union in European Defence”.

The task force’s report and recommendations are resulting from a phase of several months of consultations with acknowledged experts in the field of European Security and Defence Policies under the lead of Javier Solana. The aim is to provide concrete advice to the EU and its member states about the possibilities of improving the defence cooperation. The task force’s members assume that the Treaty of Lisbon postulates and enables more common ground than is put into practice at present.Therefore it is proposed to carry out necessary adjustments and reforms in the fields of strategy, institutional set-up and defence capabilities. According to the experts, the target perspective should be a “European Defence Union”.


  • Opening speech:

Róbert Ondrejscák, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic

  • Presentation of the report by the task force CEPS-FES:

Hans-Peter Bartels, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces of the German Bundestag

Steven Blockmans, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels

  • Comments from experts:

Kacper Rekawek, Head of Defence and Security Programme, GLOBSEC Policy Institute

Milan Šuplata, Department of Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic


More information about the project presentation and discussion is available here.


Kacper Rękawek

Head of Defence and Security Programme