Friday, June 25, 2010

Solana and de Hoop Scheffer co-presidents of security think tank

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On Wednesday 23 June, the SDA announced Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for CSFP, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General, as their new co-presidents. This private lunch served as a brainstorm on future SDA activities and priorities.

"Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for CSFP, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, former NATO Secretary General, will define the scope of the Brussels-based Security & Defence Agenda’s 2011 debate..

At the SDA’s Annual Advisory Board and Members’ lunch today, former NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, inaugurated the presidency of the Brussels-based think-tank with an outline of the key areas the SDA should be focusing on.

‘We need to tackle the growing disconnect between the political elite and the people’ said Mr de Hoop Scheffer. He went on to outline some of the political areas where the SDA’s activities would be making a contribution in the next year:
• Connecting NATO with the public
• Relations with Russia
• The financing of NATO
EU and NATO relations with the Middle East " (from Link above)
In the room I see 33 persons. Looks like Solana wasn't there personally, but sent Cristina Gallach, Link. (He was in Mallorca.Link., Link, interview: Link)

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