2022: A Year of European Defence


5 December 2022




Club Prince Albert, rue des Petits Carmes 20, 1000 Brussels

Type of Event

Expert Seminar

On invitation only


EUROMIL and Egmont



2022 was a challenging year for European defence: the decision to support Ukraine against the Russian invader, and the need to provide more depth to Europe’s own forces, created a strong sense of urgency.

Has 2022 been the year of European defence? The adoption of the Strategic Compass, increased defence spending in all EU Member States, and the move towards joint procurement certainly are indicators of progress.

This seminar aims to critically assess the EU’s achievements in the field of defence over the past year, to recommend ways forward, and to analyse what the implications are for the soldier: the men and women in uniform who ultimately have to make it happen.



Read here the summary of the event.





12.30-13.30   Light Lunch

13.30-13.45   Opening Session

Welcome by Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University, and Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL

13.45-15.15    Panel Session 1: EU Achievements

Chair: Brigadier-General (Ret.) Jo Coelmont, Egmont & RHID

  • Bruno Angelet, Security Policy Director, Belgian Foreign Affairs
  • Dr Daniel Fiott, Centre for Security and Defence Studies (CSDS), VUB
  • Dr. Sven Biscop, Egmont & Ghent University

15.15-15.45    Coffee

15.45-17.15    Panel Session 2: Implications for the Soldier

Chair: Jonna Naumanen, Senior Advisor to EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity, EEAS

  • Lieutenant-General Marc Thys, VCHOD, Belgian Defence
  • Brigadier-General Bart Laurent, EUMS
  • Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL

17.15-18.15    Reception