Towards a single security budget?

06 December 2017 - 18:00 - 19:00
Amy Dodd, Brian Donald, Ana Gomes, Dharmendra Kanani, Christian Mölling, Nicolas Suran

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.

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Welcome and registration of participants
18.00 - 19.00

European security and defence cooperation has gained fresh momentum, most notably through the recently signed Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), an ambitious binding framework that aims to build a true ‘cooperative security’ approach. To achieve such a holistic approach to 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 argues that its spending on development aid – 0.5% of its GDP – also makes a major contribution to international security. Balancing defence expenditure with diplomacy and development aid has however also 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

19.00 - 19.30

Networking cocktail

19.30 - 21.30

Policymakers’ dinner debate with Minhea Motoc, Deputy Director-General of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) and Michael Rohschürmann, Advisor for Security and Stabilisation at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (the dinner is by invitation only).

Amy Dodd
Director at UK Aid Network
Amy Dodd is the chair of the CONCORD structure working on financing for development and one of the authors of the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017, which monitors the quality and quantity of aid provided by EU member states and the European Commission. She also leads the UK Aid Network (UKAN), a network of British NGOs that advocate for more and better aid through joint policy, research and lobbying. Prior to joining UKAN, she worked as an advisor in the Shadow International Development team in the UK Parliament, focusing on gender, economic development, conflict and fragility, and climate change issues. 
Brian Donald
Chief of Staff at Europol
Brian Donald has been in his current role at Europol since 2010, with specific responsibility for promoting cross-departmental coordination and is therefore active across all areas of the business. Prior to his position at Europol, Donald was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service as Head of International Policy, working in EU justice and home affairs where he represented the UK at a wide range of working groups and meetings. He previously worked in the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), where he worked on drugs investigation, surveillance and major crime/incident investigation. Within the Agency, he headed the International Strategy and Partnerships Department responsible for Europe, the EU, Turkey and the Balkans.
Ana Gomes
Member of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence and Trustee of Friends of Europe
Gomes has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2004, and currently serving as vice-chair of the committee of inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. Her main work focuses on justice and home affairs, security and defence, tax justice and transparency, human rights, and the rule of law. Prior to joining the parliament, Gomes served as a Portuguese diplomat in Tokyo and London as well as in the Portuguese Missions at the UN in New York and Geneva. She has previously been involved in the EU Middle East Peace Process and has led several EU election observation missions in Africa and South-East Asia.
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014. 
Christian Mölling
Deputy Director at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Christian Mölling is a leading expert on military capabilities, the defence industry, the EU Common Security and Defence Policy and NATO. Before joining the DGAP, he held research and leadership positions with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, and the Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy. He has been a visiting fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London and the Paris-based Fondation pour la recherche stratégique.
Nicolas Suran
French Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee at the Council of the European Union
In his current post, Nicolas Suran represents France’s position regarding the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Prior to this assignment, he served as the Head of EU External Relations at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A graduate of France’s prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies and Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Suran has served in various diplomatic posts throughout his career, including at the French Embassies to Hungary, Germany and Syria.
Mikaela d’Angelo
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 20

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