Programme Day 1, Tuesday, 18 May 2021

08.00 Opening of the Exhibition

08.45 Welcome to the Congress

  • Uwe Proll, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Behörden Spiegel
  • Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering, Congress President

09.00 Opening of the conference

Anthem of Europe

09.05 Keynote Opening

NN, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic

09.30 Keynote Speech

Thomas Silberhorn MP, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministery of Defence, Germany
09.45 Short Break

10.00 Keynote Congress Partner

KC Choi, Corporate EVP and Head of Global Mobile B2B, Samsung Electronics

10.20 The future of EU Defence: Combining Strategic Autonomy and Enhanced Partnerships

General Claudio Graziano, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC)
10.45 Short Break

11.00 Keynote Speech

Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
11.20 Short Break

11.30 HIGH-LEVEL DEBATE: European Security and Defence – Central and Eastern (Expectations) and Contributions

Chair and Introduction:

  • Niels Annen MP, Minister of State, German Federal Foreign Office


  • Dr Artis Pabriks, Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Latvia
  • NN, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Marcin Przydacz, Undersecretary of State for Security and Eastern Policy MOFA, Republic of Poland
  • Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
  • Dr Detlef Wächter, Director General for Security and Defence Policy, Federal Ministry of Defence
  • General Tod D. Wolters*, USAF, Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

13.00 Keynote Congress Partner

Dr Christoph Erdmann, CEO Secusmart
13.20 Break
14.30 Panel Session: Panels A1 – A7
16.00 Short Break

16.30 Security through responsibility - Joint Forces for Northern Europe

General Jörg Vollmer, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum

16.50 Military digital collaboration - a vision for a European approach

Udo F. Littke, Head of Central Europe, Atos

17.10 Keynote Speech

General Eberhard Zorn, Chief of Defence, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany
17.30 Closing Remarks 1st Day

Programme Day 2, Wednesday, 19 May 2021

08.00 Opening of the Exhibition

08.30 Welcome to the 2nd Conference Day

08.40 The Czech Republic´s perspective on transatlantic security

Lubomír Metnar, Minister of Defence, Czech Republic

09.00 Keynote Speech

NN, High-Level Representative
09.20 Short Break

09.30 HIGH-LEVEL INTERVIEW: Implementation of gender policy in NATO and EU defence planning

  • Dr Hans-Peter Bartels, former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Germany
  • Clare Hutchinson, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security
  • Kristin de Peyron, EEAS Deputy Managing Director- Global
  • Colonel Magda Dvorřáková, Head of the Public Diplomacy Section, General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces
  • Lieutenant Colonel Peter Östman*, Commander Nordic Center for Gender in Military Operations, Sweden

10.10 Short Break

10.20 Keynote Congress Partner

Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Airbus Defence and Space

10.40 The Armament Procurement’s Cooperation as a sustainable way to make EU Defence stronger

Admiral (ret) Matteo Bisceglia, Director Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR)

11.00 Keynote Speech

Janis Garisons, State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Latvia

11.20 Keynote Speech

Christoph Otten, CEO ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH
11.30 Short Break
11.45 Panel Session: Panel B1 – B8
13.15 Break

14.30 Rebuilding the Hungarian Defence Industries – Technological Step into the Future

Prof Dr László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology, Hungary

14.50 Keynote Congress Partner

Boaz Levy, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) IAI
15.10 Short Break

15.20 Extended Introduction Future Forces Forum

Ambassador Jiří Šedivý, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)

15.30 FUTURE FORCES FORUM: EU Defence Initiatives for technological innovation and relevant capabilities – do they deliver?


  • Ambassador Jiří Šedivý, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)


  • Hubert Blahnik, Deputy National Armament Director, Federal Ministry of Defence, Germany
  • Lieutenant General Thierry Carlier, Head of International Development and Deputy National Armament Director, France
  • Dr Gáspár Maróth, Government Commissioner for National Defence Industry, Defence Development and Coordination of Armament Modernization, Hungary
  • Timo Pesonen, Director General for Defence and Space, EU Commission
  • Major General (AF) Giandomenico Taricco, Director 4th Department Armament Programs Coordination, National Armaments Directorate, Italy
  • Dr Pavel Zůna, Director of the Collaboration Support Office, NATO Science and Technology Organization

17.00 Closing Remarks

  • Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering, Congress President
  • Uwe Proll, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Behörden Spiegel

17.15 End of the Congress

Chairman: Major General (ret) Reinhard Wolski
Coordinator: Colonel (ret) Hubertus von Rohr

*speakers requested