European Defence and Security Procurement

07/05/2019 - 08/05/2019
Location: Maastricht (NL)
Project number: 1930806

European Defence and Security Procurement

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This seminar will give you insight into the provisions and application of the defence and security procurement directive and the wider initiatives towards closer defence and security cooperation and their impact on procurement.

As the evaluation report on the Defence and Security Directive 2009/81/EC from 2016 has demonstrated, there is still need for guidance and improvement as to the effective implementation and application of the directive. The focus of this seminar will be the interpretation and practical effects of the directive and experts in the field will present these topics in an accessible way. Other issues that will be discussed include:

  • EU cooperation on security and defence.
  • The interaction of the directive and Article 346 TFEU.
  • The objective of a more efficient and competitive defence and security sector through the phasing out of offsets and the close monitoring of the procurement rules.
  • The European Defence Fund and its implications for defence procurement.
How will it help you?

At the end of this seminar you should have a good understanding of:

  • The regime for defence and security procurement at European level.
  • The application of the directive on defence and security procurement (Directive 2009/81/EC) and its practical implications.
  • The wider initiatives in the field of defence and security cooperation having an impact on defence procurement.
 Who will benefit most?

The seminar is intended for public officials from the EU Member States, candidate countries, representatives from European organisations and bodies, who would like to familiarise themselves with the specific procurement rules in the defence and security sector and the new initiatives in the field of defence and security cooperation. The seminar should also be of interest to industry and service providers in this sector, as well as to academics, lawyers and other people working in this field. The seminar will provide a unique platform for sharing experiences.




Welcome and introduction to the seminar
Rita Beuter, Senior Expert, European Policies, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)




Towards a European Defence Union?
Dr Petar Petrov, Assistant Professor in International Relations and EU Foreign Policy, Political Science Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht (NL)




Coffee break




Developments in European defence procurement
Javier Palmero Zurdo, Deputy Head of Unit, G/3 – Public Procurement Legislation and Enforcement, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, Brussels (BE)








The directive on defence and security procurement (Directive 2009/81/EC)
Dr Baudouin Heuninckx, Public Procurement Research Group, University of Nottingham (UK) and Head of Legal and Financial Affairs of the Belgian Defence Procurement Division, Brussels (BE)




Coffee break




The directive on defence and security procurement (Directive 2009/81/EC) (continuation)
Dr Baudouin Heuninckx








Workshop: Case study: “Buying Security”
Dr Martin Trybus, Professor, Director Institute of European Law, Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham (UK)



18.00 – 19.30









The interaction of Directive 2009/81/EC and Article 346 TFEU
Dr Martin Trybus




Coffee break




The European Defence Fund and its implications for defence procurement
Gueorgui Ianakiev, Policy Officer – Defence Industry, I.4 Defence, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, Brussels (BE)








Defence procurement offsets
Dr Martin Trybus




Evaluation of the seminar








End of the seminar

Course venue
European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA)
O.L. Vrouweplein 22
6211 HE, Maastricht
the Netherlands

Programme Organiser
Ms Belinda Vetter
Tel: + 31 43 3296382

The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Lunches, the reception or dinner will be served at a restaurant in town. Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All hotels are within 10 minutes walking distance from EIPA. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the EIPA project number for your course.

Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.). 


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