30th August 2023, from 16:00 to 19:30 h. CEST (UTC+2)

Venue: Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Toledo, Spain

The Russian aggression against Ukraine continues to dominate the implementation of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy outlined in the Strategic Compass. Its breakout significantly affected its approval and has added new challenges to continue progressing in its execution, so it is important to make a strategic communication effort to demonstrate that its roadmap remains.

To this end, the Spanish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence, in collaboration with the Elcano Royal Institute, organised an event on August 30, 2023, the Toledo Seminar, in which representatives of governments, EU institutions, academia and civil society reflected on progress in the implementation of Strategic Compass. This meeting took place on the sidelines of the informal meetings of EU Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers held on August 30, 2023 in the same city of Toledo.

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16:00 Opening

  • José Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation
  • Margarita Robles, Minister of Defence

16:40 Conversation with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell: perspectives on the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy (facilitated by Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto di Affari Internazionali)

17:20 European industry of Defence

  • Thierry Breton, European Commisioner for Internal Market

17:40 Panel on the development of the Strategic Compass

  • João Gomes Cravinho, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
  • Kajsa Ollongren, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands
  • Sven Biscop, Egmont Royal Institute for International Relations
  • Christine Nissen, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
  • Pol Morillas, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB)

Moderator: Daniel Fiott, Non-Resident Fellow, Elcano Royal Institute

18:30 Panel on European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (ETDIB)

  • Jiří Šedivý, Director of the European Defence Agency
  • Ricardo Martí Fluxá, President of Asociación Española de Empresas Tecnológicas de Defensa, Seguridad, Aeronáutica y Espacio (TEDAE)
  • José Vicente de los Mozos, CEO, INDRA
  • Francisco Sánchez Segura, Executive Vice President, AIRBUS Spain
  • Cristina Abad, Director, Navantia Systems

Moderator: Félix Arteaga, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute

19:20 Closing

Conclusions/Wrap up:

  • Charles Powell , Director, Elcano Royal Institute

Closing words:

  • María Amparo Valcarce, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Ángeles Moreno, Secretary of State for Foreign and Global Affairs