EuroDéfense Netherlands
Netherlands chapter of a pan European network

EURODEFENSE is a private and independent initiative, founded in 1994 by a French General and a German Ambassador in Paris, both of whom intended to foster and support the idea of a common Europe, primarily with regard to common security and common defense. This intent has remained unchanged. 
Changed, however, has the security environment in Europe as well as globally, and the Europe of the European Union has seen serious alterations as well. 

EuroDefense has accompanied the process from the WEU to the Common Security and Defense Policy and supported it by various initiatives and proposals.
The members of EuroDefense comprise active-duty or retired politicians, diplomats, soldiers and scientists, as well as representatives from the business community and the media. They all are united in their efforts to reach common approaches regarding questions of European security and defense in the context of the transatlantic partnership. 

In contrast to official forums and political platforms, the intimate atmosphere of EuroDefense allows for nongovernmental, private, and unconventional debate and discussion. In pursuit of its goals EuroDefense is conducting conferences, authoring working papers and memos, and provides expertise for decision makers within the EU by submitting letters and memoranda. 

In a Europe of multiple and diverse national interests and ideas, intellectual dispositions as well as strategie cultures, EuroDefense offers contributions to facilitate harmonization, the reconciliation of interests, and the finding of workable compromises. 

Currently, EuroDefense is represented in half of the member states of the European Union, therefore in 15 nations: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Finland.

More information can be found on the international network and national sites. Links to their websites can  be found here.

For more information on EuroDefense Netherlands please contact 
vice-president Ernst van Hoek (E: or 
secretary-general Caecilia van Peski (E: 

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    Geplaatst 7 jun. 2019 05:31 door Jan Wind
  • Communiqué on European defence During their Presidents council on 23 May 2019 Eurodefense has adopted the following communiqué:  The representatives of the member associations of Eurodefense, meeting in Madrid today, 23 May, 2019, discussed ...
    Geplaatst 26 mei 2019 12:13 door Jan Wind
  • Leden in het nieuws: Caecilia van Peski Onze secretaris Caecilia van Peski doceert op dit moment in Huntingdon, PA (USA) aan het "Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies" van Juanita college. Er verscheen een uitgebreid artikel ...
    Geplaatst 11 mei 2019 00:55 door Jan Wind
  • Europe’s security is EU's responsibility This Eurodefense Nederland paper examines the present position of the EU vis-à-vis the other important powers in the world and the changes within and outside the EU over ...
    Geplaatst 13 apr. 2019 07:44 door Jan Wind
  • Energy Transition as an Operational Advantage for the Military Download the full report Fossil fuel production in bad weather © Picture Mike Baird (CC BY 2.0) Energy transition is discussed worldwide on a daily basis, except in most Ministries ...
    Geplaatst 12 apr. 2019 10:51 door Jan Wind
  • European Parliament conference: Unintended effects of European defence cooperation policies On 6 February 2019 a roundtable conference at the European Parliament organised by Sallux, EDTA and EuroDefense addressed current intentions of the European Commission with respect to defence (materiel) cooperation ...
    Geplaatst 13 feb. 2019 11:25 door Jan Wind
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