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Jüri Luik: the importance of defence related questions is growing in Europe
The Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD) is taking place today in Tallinn. The main topic of this year’s conference is the common security and defence policy of the European Union.
The title of the twelfth Annual Baltic Conference on Defence is European Defence Cooperation: Out of the Shadows? and focuses on the question of whether the European Union is capable of reacting to today’s security threats and is ready to assume a more serious role in defence questions.
This year’s ABCD conference is connected to Estonia's presidency of the Council of the European Union, and also focuses on topics which will be the subject of discussion at tomorrow’s unofficial meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Tallinn.
According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, during Estonia’s presidency we will see actual results from meaningful discussions on defence cooperation.
‘This is an interesting and momentous time in European defence. There is a growing understanding of the need to deal with security in the European Union, and the topic of defence has begun to be taken seriously,’ said Luik.
The conference will be opened with a keynote speech by Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Republic of Estonia.
In their presentations, the nearly 20 speakers appearing at the conference will discuss the nature of the vision of Europe’s defence and the resources and capabilities necessary for the implementation of that vision.
This year’s presenters include Minister of Defence Jüri Luik; Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency; General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee, and many others.
During his appearance at the international security forum GLOBSEC 2018, in Bratislava, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik stated that NATO is capable of providing effective deterrence on the Alliance’s eastern wing. According to the Minister of Defence, this is possible only through close cooperation between Europe and the United States.
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik presented a gift and letter of thanks to the members of Naiskodukaitse who created the mobile app Ole Valmis (Be Ready), which helps people be better prepared in the event of accidents and during crisis situations.