The DAV4 Defence Industry Forum which was held last week at GLOBSEC 2014 kicked-off the third stage of the region’s flagship research and advocacy project. The two-panel roundtable featured region’s high-level ministries’ officials, national armaments directors, and industry leaders.

After its first high-visibility report on the fundamental principles of the Visegrad defence cooperation (VIDEFCO) published in 2012, the DAV4 expert group released follow-on reports on joint regional units and cyber defence cooperation last year. In its third iteration, the expert group is going to examine possibilities of industrial and acquisitions cooperation among the four countries and analyze prospects of cooperation in the field of military education.

The quadrilateral expert group which commenced its work last week at GLOBSEC will produce recommendations to the Visegrad governments by the end of 2014. It will have to pay special attention to close co-operation with the defence ministries to make sure its reports effectively complement already intensive intergovernmental preparations.