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Lille, 9 October 2014 - Europe without defence?

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The 5th edition of the “Ateliers de la Citadelle”, entitled “Europe without defence? Crises and Perspectives for the Common Security and Defence Policy”, is organised by the City of Lille and the Lille Eurométropole Defence and Security Mission in partnership with Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors and Toute l'Europe. 


Thursday 9 October 2014
9:30 pm to 4:30 pm
in Lille’s Vauban Citadel
Headquarters of the Rapid Reaction Corps of France




Organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, this yearly conference brings together generals and senior officers, national and international experts, elected officials and a well-informed general public. Together, they take stock of the current state of threats (including nuclear, germ warfare, cyber terrorism, and internal threats) and their likelihood in light of recent and long-term developments (political, economic, environmental, and demographic) in the global dynamic.


This year, our special guest and expert commentator is General (2S) Henri Bentégeat, former Chief of Defence Staff and president of the European Union Military Committee; he will accompany the day’s debates with his personal analyses and reactions.

9.30 am – Introduction
General Margail, Commander of the Rapid Reaction Corps – France,

Nicole Gnesotto, Vice president of Notre Europe - Institut Jacques Delors and Chairholder of the Europe Chair at la Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM)
General Bentégeat, former Chief of Defence Staff of the French military

Keynote speech: Elisabeth Guigou, President of the Commission on Foreign Affairs at the French National Assembly


10.30 am – First Round Table “Strategic and Institutional Approaches”

- General (2S) Vincent Desportes, Professor, IEP Paris

- Louis Gautier, Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors

- Amiral Coldefy, Revue de Défense nationale


12.30 am -1.30 pm : Cocktail luncheon, book signings


1.30 pm – Second Round Table: “Economic and Industrial Challenges”

- Jean Guisnel, Le Point

- François Heisbourg, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

- General Ladeveze, Eurocopter

- Bertrand de Cordoue, AirBus



4 pm - 4.30 pm – Conclusion of debates by Nicole Gnesotto


Presentation of the seminar


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