European Security & Defence Forum 2018


Promoting Excellence and Dialogue in EU Security and Defence Policies

Welcoming Speech: Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS

European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship

General Mikhail KOSTARAKOS

Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC)

Geoffrey R. Pyatt

U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic


Professor at Ghent University, Director of the Europe in the World programme at the Egmont–Royal Institute for International Relations in Brussels


Finnish Ambassador for Kosovo & Former Head of Mission of EUPOL Afghanistan

George Tsogkas

Rear Admiral (retd) Former NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center Commandant


Member of the European Parliament, Group of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament

Marilenna Koppa

Associate Professor at Panteion University, Former Member of the European Parliament


Assistant Professor at University of Piraeus, Department International and European Studies

Konstantinos Filis

Research Director of the Institute of International Relations at Panteion University of Social & Political Sciences

Ioannis Konstantopoulos

Assistant Professor at University of Piraeus, Department International and European Studies

About the ESDF 2018

"World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it." Robert Schuman
Institute of Research and Training on European Affairs

The Institute of Research & Training on European Affairs (I.R.T.E.A.), a leading Think Tank in Greece and Europe and Member of the Executive Academic Board of the ESDC since 2015, organizes the European Security and Defence Forum 2018 (ESDF 2018), under the auspices of the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). ESDF 2018 is a high-level conference under the topic: “Debate on the future of European Security & Defence: from vision to action” held in Athens, Greece on May 11th – 12th, 2018. Throughout the two-day conference and the seven sessions that will be held regarding the topic of the Forum, the participants will have the opportunity to benefit from the panel discussions with experts, exchange views, network and debate with National and European Experts in the field of CFSP/CSDP. ESDF 2018 is open to individuals, Institutions or Companies with a high interest and relevance to the field of the Forum, and willing to share expertise and influence with colleagues.


The new EU Global Strategy and the future of CFSP: challenges ahead

1st Panel: Friday 11th at 10:30 – 12:30

Strengthening EU external security in a more complex world

2nd Panel: Friday 11th at 13:00 – 15:00

Towards the development of the EU internal security in light of the new terroristic norms

3rd Panel: Friday 11th at 16:00 – 18:00

NATO role in the European region security and the impact on CFSP

4th Panel: Friday 11th at 18:30 – 20:00

Migration: a destabilization factor for the E.U.?

5th Panel: Saturday 12th at 10:30 – 12:30

Energy Security challenges for European Union

6th Panel: Saturday 12th at 13:00 – 15:00

Cyber threats for European Union in 21st century

7th Panel: Saturday 12th at 16:00 – 18:00


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