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9.00     Registration 



9.30     Mr Philippe Brunet, Director Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence – Welcome to attendees   



9.35     High level panel – Towards a European defence skills strategy, chaired and moderated by Ms Lowri Evans, DG GROWTH Director-General  


             Ms Lowri Evans   


             Mr Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA 


             Mr Martin Sion, Safran CEO of Safran Electronics & Defence 


             Mr Giovanni Soccodato, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Leonardo SpA


             Discussion followed by Q&A 



11.00   Break 



11.30   Panel discussion – Key areas for the European Defence Skills Partnership - EDSP, moderated by Mr Alain Alexis, Head of Unit for Defence, DG GROWTH 


             European skills strategy – Mr Alain Alexis  


             Education and training – Bert-Jan Buiskool, Senior Expert, Ockham IPS 


             Erasmus+ funding opportunities for the defence sector – Alison Crabb, Head of Unit for Skills and Qualifications, DG Employment 


             Addressing skills for defence SMEs at regional level and the potential of European Structural and Investment Funds – Mr Francois Leraillez, Expert, Fondation Agissons pour l'emploi – F.A.P.E. 


             Synergies with relevant initiatives and instruments and fostering the knowledge triangle – Mr  Klaus Bolving, CEO Defence & Security Cluster – CenSec 


             Discussion followed by Q&A 



13.00   Networking Lunch 



14.00   The way forward in implementing solutions on skills in defence – Elektra Tsigaridas, Policy Officer, DG GROWTH 







14.20   1st EDSP WORKING GROUP MEETING – closed session in parallel meeting room until 17.30 (with a break from 15.30 to 16.00 for participation to the networking session) 




14.20   Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliances Lot 3 for implementing the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills – Felix Rohn, Policy Officer, DG Employment 



14.30   Hands-on information on how to prepare an application – Vytaute Ezerskiene, Project Manager, EACEA  



15.15   Matchmaking for consortia building for the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance Lot 3 for defence technologies call – open to all event participants