The Berlin Security Conference is one of the largest European security and defence policy events.

The Berlin Security Conference / 22th Congress on European Security and Defence will be held from 29 November to 30 November 2023.
The Behörden Spiegel – the most important monthly newspaper for the Public Services in Germany – has been organising the Berlin Security Conference for 22 years now. It is supported by an Advisory Board composed of key international personalities. The President of the BSC in 2023 is Wolfgang Hellmich MP, Chairman of the SPD Parliamentary Group in the Defence Committee, German Bundestag.

Berlin Security Conference at a glance:

  • International forum for security and defence
  • Gathering of political and military decision-makers
  • Participants from armed forces and security organisations
  • Keynote speeches by Ministers / State Secretaries, EU Commissioners and business leaders
  • Main programme with international political, military and business leaders
  • Panel sessions with international experts
  • Exhibition with leading systems solutions manufacturers
  • Media coverage by the print press, radio and television
  • Congress language: English/German

Famous Speakers

About 140 High-level Speakers from politics, the military and the business community

Actual Topics

the war in Ukraine, defense on the northeast flank of NATO, situation on the southern flank of NATO, Indo-Pacific challenge


In 13 panels, top-class specialists discuss current aspects of security and defence policy, military aspects and defence technology.


from European and non-European countries

Catering included

Coffee, lunch and dinner buffet throughout the conference

Famous Speakers 2022:

Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz | Jonas Gahr Støre, Prime Minister of Norway | Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO | Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Defence, Germany | Bjørn Arild Gram, Defence Minister of Norway | Antti Kaikonen, Minister of Defence, Finland | Dr Pål Jonson, Minister of Defence, Sweden | Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky, Minister of Defence, Hungary | General Christian Badia, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Norfolk, NATO | General Robert Brieger, Chairman EU Military Committee | Admiral Joachim Rühle, Chief of Staff SHAPE



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The event is supported by an Advisory Board made up of distinguished international personalities. The members of this board are:


For some years now nations have been invited to become partners of the Berlin Security Conference. In 2012, Russia was the first partner country, followed by the United Kingdom, Turkey, the United States of America, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy and in 2020, the Czech Republic. In 2021 international agencies at EU and NATO level were partner of the BSC namely OCCAR,EDA and NSPA followed by Norway in 2022.

: This year The Netherlands are partner of the 22nd Berlin Security Conference. The Netherlands will contribute to the programme and will participate with high-ranking delegations and will organise the Pre-event Reception at the Dutch Embassy in Berlin on special invitation only. Our conference partners from industry and business will also participate in BSC 2023 as in previous years with specified contributions and an exhibition.



In addition to over 130 distinguished speakers including political, military, business and civil society leaders the conference draws an ever larger number of members of national parliaments and the European Parliament, as well representatives of the European institutions and NATO. Foreign and Defence Ministers, Ambassadors, Generals, Admirals and industry representatives see the conference as an invaluable forum for addressing a wide range of topics related to security and defence policy. Members of the armed forces, representing all ranks and a wide range of European countries and multinational staffs, as well as representatives of security organisations and industry, contribute to the lively exchange of views and hence to the success of the conference.