PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND NATIONAL SECURITY: Maltese Presidency holds conference on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy’s security and defence aspect

Nearly one year after the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini presented the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) to Member State leaders in June 2016, it is time to look back at events since then and take a snapshot of where we stand, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Carmelo Abela said.

Addressing a conference focusing on the security and defence dimension of the EUGS under the theme ‘Is the implementation of the EU Global Strategy meeting expectations?’, organised in Malta by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU in conjunction with the EU Institute of Security Studies (ISS), Minister Abela described the event as the Maltese Presidency’s contribution to increasing awareness and appreciation of the strategy and its potential. The conference sought to concentrate on what needs to be done to facilitate the EU’s transformation into a more agile global actor, including in the security and defence field and at a regional level.

The strategy can be viewed as a bold, new step forward for the EU as the bloc faces major global changes, the Minister said. It can serve as our core guide in seeking solutions to respond to geopolitical changes and events. It looks at ways to achieve better performance through methods, systems, and people while addressing the need for more effective collaboration between multiple stakeholders. In brief, the strategy is about how to facilitate desired change and how best to respond quicker in a complex environment.

The distinguished speaker line-up also included Elzbieta Bienkowska, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Antonio Missiroli, ISS Director; Alan Bugeja, Representative of Malta to the EU’s Political and Security Committee; Olivier De France, Director of Research at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs; Taher El-Sonni, Adviser to the Chairman of the Libyan Presidency Council, Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj; Lowri Evans, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Claudia Gazzini, Senior Analyst on Libya at the International Crisis Group; Bastian Giegerich, Director of Defence and Military Analysis at the IIS; Martin Hetherington from the Strategy and Policy Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations; Gabor Iklody, Director of the Crisis Management Planning Directorate of the European External Action Service; General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the EU Military Committee; Robert Ondrejcsak, State Secretary within the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic; Lt. General Esa Pulkkinen, Director General of the EU Military Staff; Nathalie Tocci, Special Adviser to High Representative Federica Mogherini and Deputy Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali; and Roland Van Reybroeck, Director Cooperation Planning & Support at the European Defence Agency.

Source: Government of Malta