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Initiatiefnota Belhaj "Een Europese krijgsmacht van en voor Europeanen”

Geplaatst 7 jun. 2019 05:30 door Jan Wind   [ 7 jun. 2019 05:31 bijgewerkt ]

Op 11 april 2019 heeft mevrouw Salima Belhaj (Tweede Kamer, D66) een initiatiefnota ingediend over de toekomst van Europese defensiesamenwerking met als titel "Een Europese krijgsmacht van en voor Europeanen”. Deze nota wordt binnenkort in de Tweede Kamer besproken.

Omstreeks diezelfde datum heeft Eurodefense Nederland over hetzelfde onderwerp het paper "Europe’s security is EU's responsibility" gepubliceerd. U vindt ons paper via deze link.

Het Eurodefense paper stelt een meer communautaire aanpak voor dan de nota van mevrouw Belhaj en bepleit een kleinschalige start. Op basis van deze uitgangspunten hebben wij enkele vragen en opmerkingen over de initiatiefnota van mevrouw Belhaj geformuleerd.                                                                                                                                                                                                                Picture  Ssolbergj (Wikipedia Commons CC3.0)

Communiqué on European defence

Geplaatst 26 mei 2019 12:10 door Jan Wind   [ 26 mei 2019 12:13 bijgewerkt ]

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 the geopolitical changes facing Europe and proposed that the forthcoming discussions on the future of the European Union institutions take into consideration, within the current legal framework, the formation of a Defence Council, the inclusion of a Commissioner for defence matters within the European Commission, and the possibility of forming a European Security Council.

Eurodefense will continue the discussion of these items during the meeting in Bucharest in October 2019.

Please contact us at if  you have any questions.

A PDF of the communiqué can be downloaded below.

Leden in het nieuws: Caecilia van Peski

Geplaatst 11 mei 2019 00:52 door Jan Wind   [ 11 mei 2019 00:55 bijgewerkt ]

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 over haar in de universiteitskrant.

The Juaniatan, 9 May 2019

Europe’s security is EU's responsibility

Geplaatst 12 apr. 2019 11:08 door Jan Wind   [ 13 apr. 2019 07:44 bijgewerkt ]

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 the last decades. It confirms that if the EU wants to protect its position and its values, it should adopt a policy of “strategic autonomy”. This implies that the EU can maintain its independence in all relevant domains if necessary. The paper focusses on the security and defense aspects of strategic autonomy and concludes that the EU and the EU Council should take the necessary steps for the creation of an EU Defense Organization (EDO) and EU Defense Forces (EUDF). During the gradual build-up of EUDF the national defense organizations of member-states can be reduced and reorganized proportionally for territorial defense and related civil services and as back-up for EUDF.

Authors: Iric van Doorn, Maarten Lak and Ron Keller
                                                                                                                                Download the full paper here 

        Picture  Ssolbergj (Wikipedia Commons CC3.0)

Energy Transition as an Operational Advantage for the Military

Geplaatst 12 apr. 2019 10:50 door Jan Wind   [ 12 apr. 2019 10:51 bijgewerkt ]

Fossil fuel production in bad weather

Energy transition is discussed worldwide on a daily basis, except in most Ministries of Defence and the military. Currently, military capabilities are being built running on regular diesel fuel with an intended service life of 40 years. However, when energy transition continues at the current pace, availability of fossil fuels could be an issue in less than 20 years. Time for action!

A working group of EDTA and EuroDéfense has written a report on Energy Transition based on contributions received from member associations in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK as well as topical on-line research in NATO, EDA, European Nations and industries.

The report focuses on the policies, need and options for use of sustainable energy in major military combat systems like naval vessels, aircraft, vehicles and in military compounds, especially during operations.

Energy transition could be a necessity to adapt to in a new fossil fuel free society and an opportunity to achieve a smaller logistical footprint or more effective military capabilities.

EDTA-EURODEFENSE provides five recommendations for the energy transition in European defence.

In short these are:

  1. Each Member State to consider Energy as a physical environment like sea, ground, air and  cyber,

  2. Each Member State to establish a national governance in charge of energy transition and promote it in military circles as an opportunity for an operational advantage,

  3. Actively monitor and select civilian energy transition technologies suitable for major military capabilities at the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) of the European Commission in cooperation with the European Defence Agency (EDA),

  4. Coordinate defence related research and implementation of long-term solutions at EDA,

  5. Use the opportunity of the European Defence Fund (EDF) and require an Energy Transition paragraph in each proposal.


For more information contact:

Jan Wind, President EDTA                                       Gilles Combarieu, Secretary General EURODEFENSE

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M: +31 6 2350 2003                                                    M:  +33 6 6701 6225

European Parliament conference: Unintended effects of European defence cooperation policies

Geplaatst 7 feb. 2019 01:53 door Jan Wind   [ 13 feb. 2019 11:25 bijgewerkt ]

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. Are these plans effective to reach the goal of improved cooperation, a more effective defence industry and better involvement of SMEs throughout the Union? What could be negative effects of these policies and how could these be mitigated.

EDNL member and EDTA president Jan Wind presented two proposals in his presentation "Financing the Future": 

(1) to simplify EDF co-funding negotiations and 

(2) to improve spin-off and involvement of SMEs. 

Several other presidents and members of EuroDefense associations did speak or participated in the conference.

The conference was very topical as the so called Trilogue between the European Commission, The European Council and the European Parliament on the European Defence Fund and connected policies is still on-going. The conference was hosted by MEP Marek Jurek, the "rapporteur" on the European Defence Fund of the European Parliament.As a result of the conference a set of recommendations to support or amend the Policies will be sent to the European Commission, the European Parliament and others.

For more information visit the EDTA page on this conference (click).

EDNL discussion paper "Too Many Ways of European Defence Cooperation"

Geplaatst 24 sep. 2018 11:19 door Mats van Dijk   [ 25 sep. 2018 08:30 bijgewerkt door Jan Wind ]

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 meant to serve as input for the upcoming EuroDéfense International Presidential Meeting (October 17-19, 2018) in Brussels. In particular, it calls attention to the future impact of PESCO, the need for continuous engagement of the member states to agreed strategic commitments of the European institutions, and the obvious need to make arrangements for interventionist forces or operations in the most desirable framework.

In the end, the paper concludes, "[t]he objective should be to try turning the current positive support for European security and defence into a strong programme for both building capacity and shaping the conditions for using them together."

EDNL brief aan Minister van Defensie inzake PESCO

Geplaatst 21 jul. 2018 08:58 door Mats van Dijk   [ 23 jul. 2018 02:04 bijgewerkt door Jan Wind ]

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 en Barbara Visser hebben ook de Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Stef Blok, en de Minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, Sigrid Kaag, deze Notitie ontvangen. Verdere distributie van de Notitie vond plaats onder leden van de Eerste en Tweede Kamer der Staten Generaal, het Europees Parlement, think-tanks in Nederland en België en aan NGO's, politieke partijen en media.

In deze notitie onderstreept Eurodefense de urgentie en potentie van PESCO. PESCO is geconcipieerd als een fundamentele stap voorwaarts van landen, die verder willen gaan bij de Europese integratie dan de huidige verdragen. Het is dan ook verheugend, dat 25 landen bereid zijn mee te doen bij één of meer concrete projecten. Desalniettemin is er nog een lange weg te gaan. Het is verre van eenvoudig om ingewortelde praktijken en nationale belangen om te buigen naar gemeenschappelijke doelen en projecten. Derhalve stelt EDNL enkele aandachtspunten ter hand voor verdere discussie.

In de bijlagen treft u de complete Notitie, "Standpunt van EuroDefense Nederland ten behoeven van de Minister van Defensie ter zake van Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) en de Nederlandse inzet daarbij", alsook de begeleidende aanbiedingsbrief. U/uw organisatie wordt van harte uitgenodigd om het onderhavige stuk verder te verspreiden onder een relevant publiek.

EDNL voorzitter ontvangt hoge Roemeense onderscheiding

Geplaatst 18 jun. 2018 11:48 door Jan Wind   [ 18 jun. 2018 11:58 bijgewerkt ]

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. Brândușa Predescu. Deze onderscheiding is verleend door de president van Roemenië, H.E. Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, wegens de grote verdiensten van oud minister Van Eekelen voor de goede relaties tussen Nederland en Roemenië.

De onderscheiding werd opgespeld in aanwezigheid van vertegenwoordigers van Defensie en de verschillende organisaties waar de heer Van Eekelen zich voor inzet, waaronder EuroDéfense.


In diverse toespraken werd de zeer langdurige en intensieve inzet van de heer Van Eekelen en zijn echtgenote onderstreept. 

EURODEFENSE and EDTA report on cooperative military education, training and simulation

Geplaatst 1 okt. 2017 13:25 door Jan Wind   [ 1 okt. 2017 13:28 bijgewerkt ]

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 reduce costs. The importance of cooperative training and the intention to make training an element of the permanent structured cooperation has been agreed in the Lisbon Treaty. This intention was reinforced in more recent papers on European cooperation like the EU global strategy for defence and security, but omitted in the European Defence Fund. Simulation technology for training was never mentioned.
Hence, we believe cooperation on military education, training and simulation needs more attention.

Members of EURODEFENSE and EDTA associations in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain and the UK collectively have compiled a brief report on the most important potential areas of cooperation as well as technological and funding opportunities.

Main conclusions of the report are that cooperative education and training steeply improves procedural and cultural interoperability in the European armed forces. It promotes similar responses to the same situation and facilitates mutual understanding, integration and team building. For individual military men and women it builds lifelong personal networks that will help them to better understand their fellow Europeans. Technical developments have made simulation more realistic than actual training and exercises in many cases.

Recommendations are:

1. Stimulate European education exchange programmes throughout all Member States. Especially in regions with overlapping cultures and bridgeable language barriers.

2. Better organise training throughout Europe. Actual training and exercising should be integrated in just a few major European Commands.

3. Realistic training using advanced simulation systems should be stimulated Europe wide and a European technological advantage in this area should be pursued.

4. Some simulated training can only be performed in large and complex facilities. These could be established by private funding and their use shared between military and other users on a pay-per-use basis.

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