25 – 26 November 2021, Nicosia Cyprus
The European Citizens Association (ECA), the CY Office of the European Parliament, the CY Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CY Ministry of Defence and the European Security and Defence College had the honour and pleasure of organising a conference on “The Future of the European Security and Defence” in the context of the Conference on the Future of Europe, which took place under the auspices of the European Parliament, the European Council and European Commission. The Conference on the Future of Europe proceedings started on 9 May 2021 and are expected to deliver conclusions by spring 2022. The event was held under the auspices of the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, Ms Annita Demetriou. The Future of the European Security and Defence conference took place in Nicosia on 25 and 26 November 2021 at the Hilton Hotel and aimed at creating a new space for debate with citizens to address Europe’s challenges and priorities in the Defence and Security sector. It was a bottom-up exercise, giving European citizens the opportunity and a platform for expressing their expectations from the European Union about the kind of ‘Europe of Security and Defence’ we need. The conference was attended by 80 honoured guests from across the European Union in person and 400 people online.