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Conference: The Private Security Phenomenon: Policy Implications and Issues Print

The Private Security Phenomenon: Policy Implications and Issues

This roundtable focuses on how EU policymakers see the role of private companies developing and the possible implications it has for European Security and Defense Policy. Beyond the military domain, the interaction between private security companies and NGOs involved in humanitarian and development work are examined.

07-Dec-06

Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels (Belgium)

organized by Security and Defence Agenda (SDA) 

HOW SHOULD EU POLICYMAKERS SEE THE ROLE OF ‘PRIVATE ARMIES’?
12:00 - 13:30

The crucial role of private security companies in Iraq looks increasingly like a pointer to the future. Private contractors are offering not only new reserves of skilled manpower but also sophisticated services ranging from intelligence-gathering and infrastructure protection to the provision in Iraq of command-and-control that links reconstruction and counter-insurgency operations. With many of these specialist security companies originating in Europe, how should EU policymakers see their roles developing? As Europe's defence and security identity takes shape, what should be the inter-relationship between EU member states' often hard-pressed military and the growing numbers of private sector security operators?
 
ARE THE NGOS AND PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANIES ALLIES OR FOES?
14:30 - 16:00

At first sight, NGOs involved in humanitarian relief or development work are far removed from private security companies. Yet they often pursue the same goals of protecting non-combatants and institution-building. How are private security specialists likely to fit into future EU-led relief and peacekeeping operations, and is there a need for a more clearly defined relationship both with EU battle groups and with the NGOs that administer the Union's world-leading aid effort?

INVITED AND CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
Andy Bearpark     Director General     British Association of Private Security Companies (BAPSC)
Robert Cooper     Director General for External and Politico-Military Affairs     Council of the European Union

The crucial role of private security companies in Iraq looks increasingly like a pointer to the future. Private security contractors are now offering a wide array of sophisticated security-related services. This roundtable will focus on how EU policymakers see the role of such companies developing and the possible implications it has for ESDP. Beyond the military domain, the interaction between private security companies and NGOs involved in humanitarian and development work will be examined.

WHAT
SDA Monthly Roundtable
 
WHEN
Thursday, December 7, 2006
 
WHERE
La Bibliothèque Solvay is located in the Parc Léopold, at the heart of Brussels and next to the European Parliament.
To go to La Bibliothèque, enter the Parc Léopold from the Rue Belliard entrance.
 
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
From Brussels International Airport (Zaventem):
By taxi: Price: ~900 BEF / ~€23 (20-30 minutes)
By train: Regular trains to Brussels (city) (90 BEF / €2,5) (20-30 minutes). Get off at Central Station/Gare Centrale. Take Metro 1A towards Hermann-Debroux or Metro 1B towards Stockel. Get off at Maelbeek and take Chaussée d'Etterbeek exit (metro: 5 minutes). Turn right and walk 5 minutes on Chaussée d'Etterbeek. Cross Rue Belliard and follow signs to Bibliothèque Solvay.

From Train Station "Midi/Zuid" (Eurostar/TGV/Thalys):
By bus: Bus 20 towards Veheyleweghen. Get off at Parc Léopold. 200 meter walk to La Maison de l'Europe (follow the signs)
By metro: Take Metro 2 towards Simonis. Change at Arts-Loi to Metro 1A towards Herrmann-Debroux or 1B towards Stockel. Get off at Maelbeek and take Chaussée d'Etterbeek exit (metro: 15 minutes). Turn right and walk 5 minutes on Chaussée d'Etterbeek. Cross Rue Belliard and follow signs to Bibliothèque Solvay.

From Rondpoint Schuman (Charlemagne, Breydel, Justus Lipsius):
Take Rue Froissart in the direction of Place Jourdan. Turn right on rue Belliard and follow it until you see the entrance to the Parc Léopold on your left.
Follow the signs to the Bibliothèque Solvay (5 minute drive; 10 minute walk)

By Metro: - The metro station closest to the Maison de l'Europe is Maelbeek (Metro lines 1A and 1B). Take Chaussée d'Etterbeek exit. Turn right and walk 5 minutes on Chaussée d'Etterbeek. Cross Rue Belliard and follow signs to Bibliothèque Solvay. The Maison de l'Europe is on your right. - The Shuman Metro station is also close by (Metro lines 1A and 1B). Take Justus Lipsius exit, turn right onto rue Froissart. Turn right onto rue Belliard and continue until you see the entrance to Parc Léopold on your left. Follow the signs to Bibliothèque Solvay. (10 minute walk) - For further information, you will find a detailed map of the metro on the internet at www.stib.be.

 

 

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