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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.

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Upcoming Conference

ICSPA Annual Conference 2013

The theme for this year's ICSPA Annual Conference is: 'National Cybercrime & Security Strategies – The Societal & Economic Benefits'. On the evening of Tuesday 3rd December the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP will be hosting a Private Reception in the Churchill Rooms of the Palace of Westminster, from 7pm- to which all delegates, speakers and guests will be invited. Also invited to be present on this evening are Members of the UK Parliament and Government Ministers from the UK and abroad, together with other leading international figures.

Many of these key people will be bringing their knowledge and expertise to the ICSPA Annual Conference the following day, Wednesday 4th December, helping to explore and identify the economic and societal arguments and justification for sustained and adequate funding of national cybercrime and security programmes around the world.

If you are interested in attending the event, we encourage you to register your place without delay as we understand there is limited availability. For further information or to secure a place, please contact: Linda Bentley, ICSPA Business Development Coordinator:

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International Cyber Security Strategy Congress 2013

04.-07.09.2013 Belgium, Leuven

The International Cyber Security Strategy Congress: “Moving towards Trustworthy Digital Ecosystems” will be held from September 4 untill September 7 in Belgium, Leuven. ICSS2013 will present the latest developments and thoughts in this field and will also look into the future. It will provide the possibility for knowledge exchange and discussion, and an excellent occasion for networking with experts from all over the world. The objective of the conference is to present the challenges, visions and strategies, state-of-the art and perspectives in the area of information and network security to a wider audience of non-(security) specialised ICT-professionals.You can find all the details on the congress in the invitation and on the ICSS 2013 website:

Upcoming ESRT/AFCEA Workshop

11.-12.09.2013 Seminar on "NATO/EDA procurement opportunities"

Four Points by Sheraton, Brussels, Belgium

Target audience: Workshop for companies from EU/NATO Member States and partner countries, particularly from the Business Development and Procurement Sections.

More information: Programme / Registration

Recent Conference

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


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)).


Thomas DiehlArnouldPeter FloryBogdan KlichDragutin MateDecremRoland Schenkel
Guillou HerveKarl von WogauLaarPeter WeilemannElmar BrokMalmstrim

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