As soon as she took office, Belgian Defence Minister Ludivine Dedonder set about implementing a global plan with initiatives for the women and men making up her department. This plan, named “POP” for “People Our Priority”, is a combination of measures to enhance the attractiveness of Defence, recruitment and retention of personnel.
On a different note, but still with a view to increasing the attractiveness of Defence, the minister has initiated a “Quarters Plan”. The objectives of this plan include modernising the department’s infrastructure and improving the geographical distribution of military quarters, in particular by creating two “Quarters of the Future”, in Charleroi and East Flanders.
This POP and Quarter Plan are in fact the first steps in updating the 2030 Strategic Vision for Defence, provided for in the government agreement and set out in the minister’s STAR plan (Security/Service, Technology, Ambition, Resilience). Indeed, this new plan, crucial for the future of Defence, presents a necessary objective in view of the complex, uncertain and unpredictable security environment in which we live. This new strategic review will lead to a change in priorities and the means that are to be allocated to the department. In the long term, the department must have adequate capacities to respond to the new contemporary challenges and to ensure the management of present and future crises and conflicts.
In order to better understand the current challenges of her department, we are honoured to welcome the minister of Defence, Mrs Ludivine Dedonder, who will touch upon the ambition of these three plans which, in the end, all aim to strengthen the security of Belgium, as well as that of its strategic partners and allies, while assigning a privileged role to Defence, at the heart of the Nation and its citizens.
The minister of Defence,
Mrs Ludivine Dedonder
Moderator: Air Force Colonel GS Filip BORREMANS, MSc Eng
Languages: Dutch and French
Simultaneous Interpretation in English, French and Dutch
27 April 2022, 17:00 – 18:30
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