1 December 2006 - NATO, EU OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS DEFENCE REFORM AND PEACEBUILDING [PRESS COMMUNIQUE]
NATO and EU officials, experts and parliamentarians will discuss the challenges of defence reform and peacebuilding in a one-day seminar organised by the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) in Brussels on 4 December at the Residence Palace (Polak room).
As both the EU and the Alliance are striving to extend peace and stability to neighbouring countries in transition, the meeting will focus on how to find common strategies to help these countries reform their security and defence sector in sometimes unstable conditions, including, as in Afghanistan, open conflict. Over 100 participants from international organisations, national parliaments, and Brussels-based think-tanks will be taking part in this event.
The meeting will be opened by a keynote address by Walter Slocombe, former US Under-Secretary of Defence.
Past achievements and current challenges in defence reform will be debated by Janusz Onyszkiewicz, MEP and former Defence Minister of Poland, Ioan Mircea Pascu, Romanian legislator and former Defence Minister of Romania, and Linas Linkevicius, Ambassador of Lithuania to NATO.
Another panel will discuss the future of NATO-EU cooperation in peacebuilding and defence reform and will include Nicholas Whyte, ICG Europe programme director, Antonio Missiroli, Chief policy analyst at the European Policy Centre, Susan Pond, Head of Partnership for Peace programme at NATO, and Mark Sedra of the Bonn International Centre for Conversion.