From 07 to 08 April 2022, the first defence policy workshop was held in Vienna as part of the Austrian presidency of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) 2022. Representatives of all CEDC countries were present.
Goals of the Austrian Presidency
The CEDC is the largest Central European forum dealing with security and defence policy issues. The Austrian chairmanship in 2022 aims to refocus the CEDC on defence policy issues after two years of pandemic. The defence policy directors together with the head of the Austria Institute for European Security Policy (AIES) Velina Tchakarova analysed the current and future challenges of the European security and defence policy.
The head of the AIES Velina Tchakarova introduced the defence policy directors to Europe’s current challenges and future problems with an insightful keynote speech. Since the last meeting at the defence policy level in October 2021, the situation in Europe has changed significantly and it is now time to take appropriate steps and create momentum to implement projects in the defence policy area together with CEDC partners.
The meeting was organized and accompanied by the Military Diplomacy staff of the Federal Ministry of Defence of Austria.