Traditionally, the Exhibition is accompanied by Industrial Forum, an event that aims to bring together Bulgarian Defence Industry, Scientific, Governmental and Non-governmental Institutions, in order to enhance the efforts and capabilities in support of investment, joint research and development of defence equipment and technologies. In 2020 the following Session of this event will be held.
During ‘Hemus 2018’ the Industrial Forum was on "Defence and Industrial Cooperation in the European Union - New Opportunities for the European Defence Industry" and was held on 30-th of May 2018. This event accompanying the exhibition in its turn also attracted a wide international interest. Representatives from 15 European and global companies and organizations, as well as participants from more than 40 companies, research institutes and organizations took part in the works. The main highlights of the discussions were focused on the capabilities of the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) and the opportunities for participation of the national and other EU Defence Industry, facilitating and fostering the dialogue between Bulgarian and other European companies with prospects for successful collaborative partnerships for participation in the EDIDP (match-making), the establishment of contacts between relevant Bulgarian and other European companies and institutes to join efforts in participating in projects of the EDIDP using the platform provided by the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and European Commission, presenting the Work Program for the implementation of EDIDP in the context of already agreed with the European Parliament proposal for establishing a Regulation on EDIDP. The practical result of the work was the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the participants in the Industrial Forum, to which this year joined 4 new Bulgarian companies, as well as the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior.