The informal meeting of EU defence ministers will take place on 4-5 May 2018 in Sofia. Among the topics for discussion will be the key activities of the European Defence Agency, the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and perspectives for crisis management. The meeting will be hosted by the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria, Krasimir Karakachanov, and chaired by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission (HR/VP), Federica Mogherini.
4 May 2018 | Friday
19:30 – 20:10 Arrivals at the Boyana Residence and handshake with Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov and HR/VP Federica Mogherini (broadcast live)
Photo opportunity only. Access for accredited photographers and cameramen/women between 18:45 and 19:00 at the entrance of the Boyana Residence.
20:10 – 20:15 Family photo (broadcast live)
5 May 2018 | Saturday
7:00 Press Centre opens
7:30 – 8:30 Arrivals at the National Palace of Culture, doorstep statements (broadcast live)
8:20 – 8:30 Roundtable (broadcast live)
8:30 – 9:30 EDA Steering Board
The Key Tasks and Future Activities of the EDA
9:45 – 10:15 Introductory remarks by HR/VP Federica Mogherini
Action Plan on Military Mobility
10:15 – 11:15 Working Session I: Permanent Structured Cooperation
11:15 - 12:15 Working Session II: Perspectives for Crisis Management Operations
12:15 – 12:45 Press Conference (broadcast live)
HR/VP Federica Mogherini
Minister of Defence of the Republic of Bulgaria Krasimir Karakachanov
Accredited journalists can pick up their badges on Friday, 4 May 2018 at the Registration Desk at Entrance B-2 of the National Palace of Culture between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Members of the press arriving in Sofia on the day of the event will be able to get their badges at the same entrance upon their arrival at the National Palace of Culture. Only accredited members of the press will have access to the National Palace of Culture.
Photos and videos
All media opportunities during the event (doorstep statements, handshake, roundtable) will be streamed live on the Website of the Bulgarian Presidency. Throughout the day, photos and videos will be uploaded in the Photo and Video sections of the Website. All official photos from the event are also available for download in high resolution on the Flickr account of the Bulgarian Presidency. Videos can be downloaded from Vimeo.
In Sofia: Veselin Jelev, [email protected], +359 883 990 247
In Brussels: Genoveva Chervenakova, [email protected], +32 473 575 083