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Supporting European security from the bottom up
The European Defence Fund (EDF) should promote and stimulate joint cooperation activities between Member States in the field of defence products and technologies, says Dainis Turlais. “It’s important to develop defence everywhere, also in member states such as my own country of Latvia at the external border of the EU so that all citizens feel secure”.
The defence industry & technology is an important part of many regions’ economies. Dainis Turlais (LV) will initiate a discussion on the EU defence policy after 2025 to strengthen the role of the EU in defence while focusing on research as well as on development and acquisition to ensure cooperation in defence equipment and technology.
The opinion notes that the security of each country and of the EU as a whole is essentially based on two pillars: economic potential and a society hallmarked by unity and cohesion.
23 April “Security and EU-Russian affairs” is the topic of our external group seminar in Riga, Latvia. Our members, experts and representatives of the Latvian Ministry of Defence debated about security and cyber security, following up on Dainis Turlais’ report.
28 March “European local leaders support the European Defence Fund”, as published on the website of the European Committee of the Regions.
23 March Yahoo Spain covers Turlais’ opinion and includes Marian Elorza’s comments.
7 March Rapporteur Turlais organized a stakeholders’ dialogue: “The EU investing in our Security” in Riga, Latvia, co-organised by Riga city council and the European Committee of the Regions. It welcomed defense stakeholders from Latvia: companies, universities, the cluster of security and defence in Latvia, local journalists as well as local and regional authorities. A first session informed stakeholders on EU security and defense issues and on the EU added value of the EDF. A second session focused on EU business opportunities for Latvian companies in the security and dual-use sectors.
23 February Latvian media focused on Turlais’ report.
23 January Report adopted in the ECON Commission of the European Committee of the Regions.
December 4 Rapporteur participates in the European Defence Industry Summit
November 30 Exchange of views with the European Defence Agency about the European Defence Fund.
November 21 “Briefing: European Defence Fund – new opportunities for SMEs, clusters and regions” in the European Committee of the Regions: this briefing examined current and forthcoming regional funding opportunities for SMEs and regional clusters. Rapporteur Turlais presented the current state of his opinion and engaged in a Q&A with the audience afterwards.
Rapporteur Turlais also discussed his report with European Parliament shadow rapporteur Dominique Riquet (ALDE) and with the head of unit from DG RTD of the European Commission.
October 27 First discussions about his report with representatives of DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs as well as representatives of the European Investment Bank.