EPP SME Defence kick-off event: SME-oriented Defence Policy

European Parliament (room A5 F385)
Wednesday, 11 October 2023, from 15H30 to 17H30 CET

Welcome & Opening

Chairman of EPP SME Defence Initiative; Member of the ITRE Committee


Director-General for Defence Industry and Space; European Commission

Director Business Development for IBV Holding GmbH, Chair of SME Connect Defence Working Group


Riho Terras, MEP
Sara Skyttedal, MEP
Henna Virkkunen, MEP

MEP Representatives

Ivan Legrady, Head of Office to MEP Ivan Štefanec
Michael Duschanek, APA to MEP Lukas Mandl
Peter Gijsels, APA to MEP Tom Vandenkendelaere


Taavi Veskimägi, Estonian Defence and Aerospace Industry Association, Chairman of the Council
Mikael Karlsson, SME on the Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association, CEO of Military Work
Stefan Skultety, President of the Board and CEO of the DMD Group
Hannes Hecher, Managing Director, CEO of Schiebel Elektronische Geraete GmbH
Robert Haimerl, Legal and Organization at Bowas-Induplan Chemie Ges.m.b.H
Wilfried Michael Grüdl, CEO of IBV Holding GmbH
Emily Howell, EU Defence Sales Manager at BCB International
John Del Ben, Directeur – CEO of Tenexium

Dialogue with representatives

Better participation and integration of SME Defence policy in the EU

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