A meeting of the Defence Policy Directors of the EU Member States will be held on 19-20 February 2018 in Sofia, in the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The aim of the meeting is to lay the groundwork for the Foreign Affairs Council on defence which will take place on 6 March 2018 in Brussels.
During the three working sessions, the participants in the meeting will discuss the current state of the EU-NATO cooperation, the opportunities to achieve better congruence between the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the area of defence, the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence and the European Defence Fund (EDF) and specifically, further improvement of military mobility in the EU.
Ms Rositsa Dimitrova, Director of the Bulgarian MoD Defence Policy Directorate, will host the meeting. Besides the delegates of the EU Member States, the meeting will be joined by high-level representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and NATO.
The meeting will be held at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.