Position paper – How can European defence be improved?

European Defence

In recent years, Europe has struggled with protecting itself and dealing with new security challenges. In this short paper, we will attempt to provide some initial ideas for improving European defence.

In order for an effective common EU defence, stronger and permanent pan-European structures need to be put in place, especially in the form of a pan-European defence force. It might be useful to look back in history for inspiration on how such a force can be formed, especially in the previous attempts of creating a European Defence Community. In this regard, an option would be to strengthen the current EU Battlegroup framework, especially by making permanent groups in place and making them easier to use, i.e. by reforming the decision-making procedure, in order to encourage the use of EU-capabilities before national ones. Additionally, encouraging every EU member state to send a number of their troops into these permanent EU battlegroups will allow for better synergies and interoperability between the member states’ armed forces. Ultimately, these permanent EU Battlegroups will be complementary and compatible with national forces as well as NATO. However, the lessons learned from strengthening these battlegroups will be beneficial in laying the foundation for the future creation of a true pan-European defence force, also known as a “European Army”.

JEF Belgium Training Days 2022

The Training Days weekend will take place from 21/10 till 23/10/2022, in Kortrijk!

The Training Days are the highlight of the year at JEF Belgium!

During one week-end, 40 young people from Belgium and elsewhere gather to meet, exchange ideas but most importantly to get trained and initiate projects together. The Training Days aim to promote active citizenship, mobilise young people and develop their skills to empower them as change-makers.

They are both a moment of cohesion for the members of the Belgian JEF sections, and also the perfect opportunity for newcomers to dive into the world of JEF and develop new skills (communication, project management, public speaking, advocacy, etc.). The aim of this weekend’s workshops is to provide participants with skills that they can use in JEF or elsewhere!

  • From 6pm : arrival & welcome
  • Dinner, get to know each other, chill evening 
  • Workshops : public speaking, citizen activism and climate, communications, dealing with hate speech, Model EU, youth and EU elections 
  • Action plans and project management 
  • Meeting with politicians : Guillaume Defossé, Belgian deputy & Kortrijk local politician (tbc) 
  • Restaurant and night out 
  • Workshops : team management & leadership, youth activism and participation 
  • Action plans and project management 
  • City tour