On April 9 2014, Claude-France Arnould Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) met Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli the Italian Chief of Defence in Brussels. They shared a fruitful discussion on a range of topics, from the upcoming Italian Presidency, EU-NATO relations, to ongoing capability projects.
They discussed various events that are scheduled to take place over the course of the Italian Presidency. They also spoke about the importance of continued cooperation with the European Commission - building on the good practices developed during the preparation for the European Council in December 2013 and the guidance issued at the summit itself - especially relating to support for industry.
They went on to discuss specific projects and EU-NATO cooperation within these, before finishing with a more general conversation on defence and planning.