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October 18th 2016
"Together for Safe and Secure Oceans"


Open, safe and secure seas are vital for global prosperity and development. In an era of unprecedented globalisation, markets are increasingly interdependent while security challenges transcend national borders and traditional security prisms. The emergence of new actors, new capabilities, and new security theatres has led to an increased militarisation of international waters and exacerbated existing geopolitical rivalries. Moreover, non-traditional security threats – from maritime piracy, terrorism, mass migration, illegal fishing and other criminal activities, to marine pollution, resource depletion and increasingly frequent natural disasters – represent additional challenges for the realm of maritime security.

Interconnected by nature, the global maritime domain can only be secured through concerted efforts among all stakeholders – including public and private, as well as civilian and military actors. Effective cooperation and coordination need to be ensured not only at an inter-state level, but also between the various national maritime agencies – be it navy, coast guards, customs, as well as the private and non-governmental sector – in a comprehensive manner. Crises at sea are driven by, and inherently connected to, problems on land, and therefore need to be addressed in a holistic manner. All the above is reflected in the European Union’s 2014 Maritime Security Strategy (EUMSS), which represents one of the landmark documents for addressing the complex maritime security challenges of the 21st century.

The opening colloquium of the EURONAVAL 2016 brings together leading personalities from across the broad spectrum of maritime security, to discuss the new challenges and how to address them in the most efficient and sustainable way possible.



Welcoming remarks
Patrick BOISSIER, President of the GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activités Navales)




                          François MESTRE, Major General (Armament)



Keynote address

Antonio MISSIROLI, Director of the EUISS (European Union Institute for Security Studies)











Session 1: "The future of maritime security: low-end operations"

The global maritime environment has become busier, more fragile, more contested, and more complex – a trend which is unlikely to change in the years to come. From enhancing maritime situational awareness, information-sharing, to search and rescue operations, and countering crime, the tasks and needs of maritime law enforcement agencies have never been more varied. How can the maritime industry respond to these changing needs in a proactive and flexible manner? What innovative technologies and approaches could contribute to keeping our seas safe, secure and open to all?

Moderator: VAdm (Rtd) Peter HUDSON - (U.K.)

Military/Navy/Maritime: RAdm Waldemar GLUSZKO - Deputy Director General of European Union Military Staff - EEAS

Defence/Policy/Strategy: Vincent BOUVIER - Prefect, General Secretary for the Sea (FR)

Industry: Guénaël GUILLERME, CEO of ECA GROUP


Coffee break












Session 2: "The future of naval warfare: high-end operations"

Our current strategic environment is in flux. The emergence of new naval powers, technological capabilities, and hybrid warfare tactics, calls for a rethinking of traditional security approaches and operational capacities. While interests and geopolitics drive global security dynamics, preventing crises requires better coordination between the policy, military and industrial spheres. How can the naval industry anticipate the needs of governments if diplomacy fails? What could be the ‘game changing’ technologies of the future?

Moderator: Jean-Dominique GIULIAN - President of the Fondation Robert Schuman

Military/Navy/Maritime: VAdm Clive JOHNSTONE - Commander Allied Maritime Command MARCOM, OTAN

Defence/Politics/Strategy: Jorge DOMECQ - Executive Director of the EDA

                           Industry: Andréas LOEWENSTEIN, Senior executive VP for Strategy, Partnership and Innovation of DCNS (FR)                                
                           José Manuel REVUELTA LAPIQUE - President & executive Chairman of NAVANTIA (SP)



5:20-5:30 pm


Closing remarks/Conclusion

Amiral Christophe PRAZUCK - CEMM France