Industrial Forum

Title of the Event: European defence industrial cooperation – new opportunities for the European Defence Industry

Political context: To take advantage of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) to support investment in joint research and development of defence equipment and technologies.


- Progress update on establishing work program for the implementation of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and opportunities for participation of the national and other EU Defence Industry.

- Facilitating and foster the dialogue between Bulgarian and other European companies with prospects for successful collaborative partnerships for participation in the EDIDP (match-making).

Theme: Development of a competitive and innovative European Defence Industry

· EDIDP as a mechanism for enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacity of national and European Defence Industry.

· Cooperation between Member States and undertakings, research centers and universities.

· Implication of EDIDP to the Defence Capabilities of the Member States and of the European Union.


· Preparation:

- Session of the Industrial Forum initiative under the auspices of the BG Presidency of the Council of the European Union;

- Preliminary meetings to ensure high level of participation.

· Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2018, from 15.00 hrs.

· Venue: International Fair Plovdiv: Congress Centre, Bulgaria Hall;

· Draft agenda:

15.00 – 15.05               Opening remarks;

15.05 – 15.20               Addresses of Bulgarian Officials;

15.20 – 15.35               Work program for the implementation of EDIDP;

15.35 – 15.50               AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) at a glance;

15.50 – 16.30               Technology Domains of Defence - ASD Defence Research Committee;

16.30 – 16.45               Q&A;

16.45 – 16.50               Signing Ceremony; 

16.50 – 17.30               Informal Business to Business meetings;
The session of the Industrial Forum will be moderated by the Director of Defence Acquisition Directorate of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.

 · Target audience:

- Members of the Industrial Forum Initiative;

- Other representatives of the Bulgarian Defence Industry, scientific, governmental and non-governmental institutions;

- Potential new national members of the Forum. 

· Distinguished speakers:

- Opening and closing remarks by the BG Defence Acquisition Director

- Addresses:

BG Minister of Defence;

BG Ministry of Economy;

BG Ministry of Interior (TBC).

- Speeches:

Friends of Presidency (FoP) EDIDP Chair;

ASD Defence & Security Director;

ASD Defence Research Committee members.

For more details:


Colonel Nikolay Nikolov
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria
3 Dyakon Ignatiy Str., 1000 Sofia
Tel. 00359 2 92 20865

Mr. Nikolay Velichkov
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria
3 Dyakon Ignatiy Str., 1000 Sofia
Tel. 00359 2 92 20875