Following Macron’s speech at the Sorbonne in September 2017, announcing a strong push for the future of the Europe of Defence, a new Franco-German dynamic, which was later joined by Italy and Spain, has been pursuing, progressively and more rapidly, greater integration of European security and defence. The key to this initiative has been placed on the principle of cross-border defence cooperation in the development of priority military capabilities, which fulfill the main gaps in the defence sector, and in reducing the fragmentation of the current supply and demand dimensions, to ensure economies of scale, as well as to strengthening the competitiveness, innovation and efficiency of the European defence technological and industrial base.
In cooperation with the Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA) EURODEFENSE has developed remarks on the “Action plan of the European Commission on synergies between civil, defence and space industries” as published on 22 February 2021 (EU reference COM(2021) 70). Among others, these comments have been sent to the Presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament.
Within sight of the NATO and European Union public, but without its attention, Russia has, in recent years, not only modernised its armed forces, but also perfected its abilities of hybrid warfare. This insidious form of aggression includes military elements, such as intelligence, cyber-attacks and fake news, as well riot-instigation and terrorism. Russia has violated its neighbours’ borders and has applied both traditional and hybrid means to affect their economic, diplomatic, and security decisions.
In a digital and connected world, hybrid threats exploit the dependence of individuals, organizations and States on the internet and cyberspace. Critical infrastructures, also operating in a networked environment are, today, appealing targets for cyber-attacks of a high disruptive and destructive power. New threats, exploiting the vulnerabilities of an information age society, raise new social risks and require a concerted response, both at national and international levels.
Technology permeates every aspect of our daily lives. However, its increased presence has posed a significant challenge to our liberties. Western democracies need to re-adapt in order to concretely regulate tech and prevent potential new forms of interferences for its institutions. Especially in Europe have democratic states felt the need to develop new normative approaches and regulations to provide a framework regulating Big Tech companies and preventing them from abusing their power.
Au-delà de l’interrogation de ses petits-enfants Jacques Favin Lévêque répond aux jeunes et aux moins jeunes. Il évoque les multiples défis du 21ème siècle et leur délivre un message de confiance et d’espoir pour parachever la construction européenne. Du même auteur : « Construire l’avenir avec sagesse » édité par la Société des écrivains.
Since the last EURODEFENSE President’s Council, the situation in the Mediterranean Basin has not improved neither politically nor economically. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the difficulties that the people in the region are facing. The EU continues to pay great attention to the region, but its political influence remains limited, even though it continues to allocate substantial resources to cooperation with its southern neighbors. The situation in Libya seems to be more stable, thanks to the efforts of the UNSG Special Envoy, on the way forward to national elections in December 2021. But the Israeli-Palestinian conflict entered in a new phase of confrontation last May, with Hamas attacking Israel with rockets and the Israelis launching bombardments over Gaza.