File Photo: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) hugs with FYROM's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. EPA,NIKOS ARVANITIDIS

The transatlantic cooperation among other issues at 55th edition of the Munich Security Conference

The 55th edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) will be held on February 15-17 with the participation of heads of state and government, foreign and defence ministers, representatives of international organisations, members non-governmental organisations, analysts and academic experts on security and international cooperation.

The agenda includes, according to the organisation’s website, the themes such as the European Union’s self-assertion, transatlantic cooperation, as well as possible consequences of a renewed era of great power competition.

In addition, experts from around the world will be in the German city to discuss the issues of the future of arms control and cooperation in the field of security policy. The agenda also includes the issue of partnership between trade policy and security policy, as well as the impact of climate change or technological innovations on international security.

High on the agenda of the MSC 2019 are themes such as the European Union’s self-assertion, transatlantic cooperation, as well as possible consequences of a renewed era of great power competition.

Additionally, experts from across the globe will discuss the future of arms control and cooperation in defence policy. The intersection between trade and international security will be examined, as will the effects of climate change and technological innovations on international security.

The conference will be accompanied by more than a hundred complementary side events, including roundtables on cyber security, the Arctic, energy, health, transnational threats, technology and European defence, as well as roundtable discussions and workshops held by NGOs and institutions, as well as special events for the general public.

The chairman and head of the event from 2008 until the present day is the former German diplomat, Wolfgang Ischinger.

According to the organisers, this year’s conference is expected to bring together more than 600 senior decision makers on an international level.

More specifically, more than 35 heads of state and government and 50 foreign and defence ministers of the EU and NATO are expected to participate.

MSC will also present prime ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, who will be participating in this year’s event, with the ‘Ewald von Kleist’ Award in recognition of their efforts to resolve the differences between their two countries through the signature of the Prespes Agreement, under which FYROM changes its name to North Macedonia, and the importance of the Agreement for security and stability in the Balkans and Europe.

The MSC inaugurated the “Ewald von Kleist” Award in 2009 and among its recipients in the past were Henry Kissinger, Javier Solana, Helmut Schmidt and Valery Giscard D’Estaing, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and former German President Joachim Gauck, as well as John McCain.

Source: ANA-MPA

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