University of Defence

CEIS is organising the “Universités d’été de la Défense”, or Summer University of Defence,  on behalf of the French National Assembly and Senate committees. CEIS manages the organisation of annual meetings, prepares and leads forward thinking and debates, and maintains contacts with parliaments in Europe and international organisations. As the cornerstone of these conferences, CEIS involves all of its teams in the success of this unique event in Europe.

  • The annual defence event

A unique event, the summer University is the annual meeting of defence professionals in France and Europe. At the initiative and invitation of the National Assembly and Senate committees, this meeting place brings together the 400 most important French and European decision makers of the defence industry, and major political, industrial and military players, for two days of on-site visits and forward thinking. This is the only meeting place which brings together the presidents of European parliaments' Defence Commissions, and international decision makers.

  • A unique event

The event takes place in a different location each year in order that participants learn about the French armed forces. The event has an international line-up and represents a place of forward thinking, of exchanges and informal contacts between political participants, manufacturers and the press. The  summer University is an exceptional networking event where you can create or strengthen strategic relationships essential to the future of the defence sector.

  • An important political moment

At the invitation of the presidents of the two Committees of the National Assembly and the French Senate, with fifteen of their European counterparts, the Defence Minister participates in the workshops before closing the University. The University is also involved in preparatory work for the parliamentary year opening in October.

  • An exchange platform that ensures confidentiality

As in previous years, the 2011 debates took on different forms in order to frame the deliberations: plenary sessions, restricted workshops, forums, informal meetings, etc. These debates took place either in public or protected by Chatham House rules. The University is committed to preserving the freedom and informality of the exchanges between participants, and wishes to promote networking between the key players of this sector. By ensuring confidentiality, the University offers each participant the opportunity to consolidate links essential to the future of the defence sector. 

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