Thursday, 26 January 2012
Message of General Håkan Syrén, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
The choice to focus the EDA Annual Conference on enhanced defence cooperation in the shadow of the current economic difficulties is most relevant. There is indeed an urgent need for new thinking on our way ahead as the traditional national roads are becoming increasingly narrow. Many sensitive issues such as overcapacities, sovereignty and the possible establishment of an overall coordination of budget cuts require to be addressed. Positive commitments have been made by Ministers of Defence and Chiefs of Defence. Many promising projects are under development or about to be launched in the framework of the Agency. I am convinced that this conference will contribute significantly to further strengthen the momentum towards more ambitious cooperation. My best wishes for success to all participants!
General Håkan Syrén, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee