Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Minister of National Defence of Greece, met with Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) at the Agency’s headquarters in Brussels on 10 September 2014. They discussed European defence issues as well as the cooperation between Greece and EDA.
During the visit, Mr. Avramopoulos made specific reference to the European Defence industry as an essential contribution to EU security policy, as well as to the need to support SMEs. The Minister paid tribute to the work achieved by EDA to promote defence cooperation in Europe and to support the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB).
Dimitris Avramopoulos also insisted on the need to develop a close relationship between EDA and the European Commission to enhance security in Europe. “A change of mindset is required”, he underlined. Mr. Avramopoulos was designated as Commissioner in charge of Migration & Home Affairs by the president of the European Commission on 10 September.