Towards a single security budget?

06 December 2017 - 18:00 - 19:00

This event will look at the possibility of a ‘single security budget’ as a key step to face emerging threats that no longer correspond to conventional defence capabilities. A holistic approach to security could entail a rethink in budgetary planning, both for the European Union and NATO alliance.

The event is part of Friends of Europe’s work on peace, security and defence, firmly anchored in our expertise across a range of fields, including energy and climate change, geopolitics, international development, migration and health. We seek a holistic approach to European, transatlantic and global security policies. Security considerations are, in turn, mainstreamed into these areas of expertise, enriching the debate by forcing experts to think outside their comfort zones.

17.30 - 18.00
Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 - 19.00

From international terrorism and hybrid warfare to trans-border organised crime, today’s security threats are blurring the line between internal and external security and defence, and call for a true ‘cooperative security’ approach. To achieve this, security spending targets could go beyond a strict focus on defence towards a ‘single security budget’ that would include budgets for the police, intelligence services, border guards and counterterrorism, as well as parts of development budgets and humanitarian assistance – in line with official development assistance rules. Some countries are already moving towards a comprehensive approach to security financing, including Germany who argue that their spending on development aid – 0.5% of GDP – also makes a major contribution to international security. Balancing defence expenditure with diplomacy and development aid has however proved controversial, with some arguing that it puts into question the impartiality and political neutrality of development and humanitarian aid.

  • Does current EU, NATO and member states’ defence and security funding align with their priorities, and are they getting value for the money spent? Would a ‘single security budget’ perspective allow them to identify and plug any gaps?
  • How can the EU and NATO work towards increasing cooperation between military and non-military actors to address emerging security threats?
  • What can be done to address concerns over increasing linkages between defence, security, development and humanitarian spending?

Moderated by

Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe


End of debate and networking cocktail

Mikaela d’Angelo
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 20

This event is exclusively for Friends of Europe’s members, EU institution representatives and media.
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06 December