In view of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU Council starting on 1 January 2014, Claude-France Arnould, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, visited Athens on 5 and 6 December.
During her stay, Madame Arnould discussed the priorities of the Hellenic Presidency related to security and defence topics with the Minister of National Defence Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Evangelos Venizelos, the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff General Mikhail Kostarakos and officials from the two Ministries. Madame Arnould also had the opportunity to meet and discuss with representatives of the Hellenic defence industry.
The Hellenic Presidency is critical for the implementation of December’s 2013 EU Council decisions related to the defence sector. Claude-France Arnould confirmed EDA’s ongoing support to Greece.