EuroDéfense Netherlands

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 14 nations: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Austria, Luxembourg, Greece, Hungary, Romania, and Czech Republic.

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: 


  • 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
  • EDNL discussion paper "Too Many Ways of European Defence Cooperation" On September 23, EuroDéfense Nederland (EDNL) published a discussion paper titled "Too Many Ways of of European Defence Cooperation." Drafted by EDNL President Dr. Wim van Eekelen, the paper is ...
    Geplaatst 25 sep. 2018 08:30 door Jan Wind
  • EDNL brief aan Minister van Defensie inzake PESCO Op 5 juli jl. bood Eurodefense Nederland (EDNL) de Minister van Defensie, Ank Bijleveld, en haar Staatssecretaris, Barbara Visser, een notitie aan inzake Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). Naast Ank Bijleveld ...
    Geplaatst 23 jul. 2018 02:04 door Jan Wind
  • EDNL voorzitter ontvangt hoge Roemeense onderscheiding Op 13 juni j.l. ontving voorzitter Dr. Wim van Eekelen de onderscheiding "Commander of the Star of Romania" uit handen van de Roemeense Ambassadeur in Nederland, H.E. Mrs ...
    Geplaatst 18 jun. 2018 11:58 door Jan Wind
  • EURODEFENSE and EDTA report on cooperative military education, training and simulation View or Download report.European defence cooperation on education, training and simulation has many important advantages to enhance skills, share European military culture for our military men and women, and ...
    Geplaatst 1 okt. 2017 13:28 door Jan Wind
  • EDTA comments on the European Defence Action Plan On 30 November 2016 the European Commission publicised a European Defence Action Plan for the implementation of the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security policy. Our ...
    Geplaatst 7 jan. 2017 04:26 door Jan Wind
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