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 Dear members of the Industrial Forum,

 A meeting of the Industrial Forum on "European defence industrial cooperation - new opportunities for the European Defence Industry" was held at 15.00 hrs. on 30 May 2018 in the Congress Center of the International Fair Plovdiv organized in within the thirteenth edition of the international exhibition "Hemus 2018 - Defence, Counter-terrorism and Security".

The main objectives of the meeting were to familiarize the members of the forum with the development of the European Defence Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) Regulation, to raise the awareness of the representatives of the Bulgarian defence industry about the opportunities for participation in the program and to encourage the dialogue between Bulgarian and European companies aimed at a successful joint partnership for participation in EDIDP.

The meeting was organized with the partnership of the Association of the Aerospace and Defence Industries in Europe (ASD) and was opened by Deputy Prime Minister for Public Order and Security and Minister of Defence Mr. Krasimir Karakachanov. The Deputy-Minister of the Economy Mr. Alexander Manolev participated in the meeting of the Industrial Forum too.

Concept for the meeting of the Industrial Forum


Venue: International Fair Plovdiv: Congress Centre, Bulgaria Hall                  

Date: 30 May 2018

Objective: Progress update on establishing work program for the implementation of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and opportunities for participation of the national and other EU Defence Industry.

Facilitate and foster the dialogue between Bulgarian and other European companies with prospects for successful collaborative partnerships for participation in the EDIDP (match-making)



1430 – 1500               Registration

 1500 – 1505              Opening remarks by the Defence Acquisition Director

 1505 – 1520              Addresses by the Minister of Defence and

                                   the Minister of Economy

 1520 – 1535              European Commission, DG GROW - Work Programme for

                                   the implementation of EDIDP

                                  (to see the presentation - click here)

 1535 – 1550              AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD)

                                   at a glance - Burkard Schmitt, ASD Security and Defence

                                   Director (to see the presentation - click here)

 1550 – 1610              Coffee break and signing the Industrial Forum MOU by

                                   new members 

 1610 – 1645              Possible technology domains and project categories of EDIDP -

                                   Andrea Barbagelata (Leonardo), ASD Task Force on

                                   the European Defence Fund

                                   (to see the presentation - click here)

 1645 – 1715              Q&A

 1715 – 1730              Informal Business to Business contacts