TIME LEFT

1 DAY – 10 JULY

COOPERATION IN DEFENCE & SECURITY INDUSTRY

9.30 – 10.00 Registration of the participants

10.00 – 10.15 Greeting speech by General Rumen Radev – President of Republic of Bulgaria

10.15 – 10.30 PRESENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN DEFENSE FINANCING FUND

Eljbeta Bienkovska – EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium -Sized Enterprises

10.30 – 10.40 Expression of Krasimir Karakachanov – Minister of Defence

10.40 – 10.50 Expression of Emil Karanikolov – Minister of Economy

10.50 – 11.00 Expression of Krasimir Valchev – Minister of Education and Science
11.00 – 11.30 Press conference
11.30 – 12.00 Presentation 1:
The European Defense Action Plan in the context of the new European Defense Fund
Silvia Kaintz-Huber – DG Internal Market, Industry,

Presentation 2:
Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, European Commission
Georgi Yanakiev – DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, European Commission
12.00 – 12.20 Q & A
12.20 – 12.40 Presentation 3:
European Union initiatives to support defense-related small and medium-sized enterprises, clusters and regions

Electra Tsigaridas – DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, European Commission
12.40 – 13.00 Q & A
13.00 – 13.20 Presentation 4: Aerospace industry and research (TBC), European
Commission
13.20 – 13.40 Q & A

13.40 – 14.30 LUNCH BREAK

14.30 – 16.00 Discussion 1:

Development of industry and research in the interest of defense and security for Bulgaria as part of the European Union. European and national financial instruments to support the sector.

Assoc. Prof. Velizar Shalamanov – PhD, Institute of Information and Communication Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (tbc)

Participants:

• Representatives of the European Defence Agency (tbc)

Col. Yordan Penkov – Co-Chairman Defence Industry Club Association
Dr. Veselin Vassilev – Chairman Cluster Aerospace Technologies
Prof. Pavel Penev – Military Academy G.S. Rakovski
Dep. Minister of Defense
Dep. Minister of Economy
Dep. Minister of Education and Science

Representatives of the Managing Authorities of:

– Operational Program “Innovation and Competitiveness” at the Ministry of Economy
– “Intelligent Growth Science and Education” Operational Program – Ministry of Education and Science
– Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program at the Ministry of Education and Science

16.00 – 16.30 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK

16.30 – 17.30 Report 1:

Research and trends in the development of the Bulgarian aerospace industry and dual-use technologies and their application. European and national financial instruments to promote the sector

Dr. Vesselin Vassilev – CEO of Cluster for Aerospace Technologies,
Research and Applications – CASTRA

Discussion 2:

Participants:

Representatives of the European Commission
Col. Yordan Penkov – Co-Chairman Defence Industry Club Association
Dep. Minister of Defense
Dep. Minister of Economy
Dep. Minister of Education and Science

Representatives of the Managing Authorities of:
– Operational Program “Innovation and Competitiveness” at the Ministry of Economy
– “Intelligent Growth Science and Education” Operational Program – Ministry of Education and Science
– Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program at the Ministry of Education and Science

Note: The program on the first day is prepared by the administration of the President & BSMEPA