The European Security Round Table
The European Security Round Table is a neutral platform between the EU Institutions, NATO and other relevant actors to discuss European security and defence issues. A membership-based organisation, it provides a forum for the crucial topics of today as much as for discussions about the future direction of European security and defence policy. It is supported by a high-level Advisory Board and it is unique with its EU focus and its systematic approach.
30.01.2013 Global Cyber Security Conference (Résidence Palace, Brussels)
On the 30th of January 2013, the European Security Round Table (ESRT) held, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Defence, the Global Cyber Security Conference. The event was organised in collaboration with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and sponsored by Microsoft and Symantec.
Keynotes were delivered by the Estonian Minister of Defence Urmas Reinsalu, the Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes, the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS Maciej Popowski and Craig Mundie from Microsoft. They focused on the necessity of further international cooperation among States as well as private and public sectors on cyber security matters. During the panel sessions, the participants discussed different perceptions of cyber security worldwide and measures on how to build trust among governments and institutions. Smaller policy sessions focused on specific topics such as global governance Models for Cloud Security, the relationship between cyber-crimes and society, capacity building and the question of how far cyber security issues should be regulated or left to market solutions. Finally, experts of the EU and NATO discussed about the measures that should be taken to improve crisis management mechanisms for cyber security incidents among EU institutions, NATO and the private sector.
Recent Round Table
19.02.2013 LIMITS OF PERSONNAL FREEDOM: CIVIL RIGHTS OF SOLDIERS UNDER ATTACK?
The 19th of February, the European Security Round Table (ESRT) in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit held a conference on the issues linked to soldiers’ civil rights. From one EU country to another, soldiers may be prohibited from running for public office, face travel restrictions and even censorship during missions. The aim of the conference was to address these shortcomings in order to determine what measures could be taken to improve soldiers’ civil rights. Speakers included Hellmut Königshaus (Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces) and Emmanuel Jacob (President of the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL)).