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The conference programme will be regularly updated with new speaker confirmations. If you are interested in speaking at the event, please contact Rose Maloney at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 070.


Thursday 27 September, 2018


08:45 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

Welcome and Keynote Speeches

10:00 – 11:00

Bridging information gaps through the interoperability of information systems

During this morning session, participants will focus on how to make European information systems interoperable from an operationalisation standpoint.

Participants will get valuable insights from top decision-makers, both at national and EU levels, on the set of measures proposed to build interoperability among information systems in the border, justice and crime spaces. Speakers will highlight the concrete solutions showcased in the Commission’s proposal aiming to close gaps in interoperability, such as the creation of a European search portal and expanding the use of biometric data. From an operation perspective, the opportunity will be then given to hear how private practitioners, having valuable insights on the running of EES, ETIAS and ECRIS among others, would support the creation of synergies through adequate IT infrastructures and systems integration.

11:00 – 11:15

Networking Break

11:15 – 12:30

Enhancing European investigation and prosecution means to build a dense and up-to-date Europe-wide judicial ecosystem

In the digital age, crimes do not only leave material clues, but also digital traces - also known as electronic evidence. Fraud has arguably never been restricted by national borders and flourishes precisely between borders. While national law enforcement authorities seek to investigate electronic evidence, they currently face a broad range of challenges, among which include siloed privacy policies which hamper smooth cooperation, a geographic spread of data localization as well as technical challenges such as the encryption of communication. Aiming to address these challenges, DG Justice released a proposal earlier this year to improve cross-border access to e-evidence. In the context of this proposal, discussants will search for practical solutions to facilitate more effective transnational digital investigations. Attention will be given to the crucial role of both public and private entities in working together as part of a wider ecosystem and; technically speaking, guidance on keeping track of electronic evidence.

Furthermore, the proposal on e-evidence echoes the aims in creating a European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO) to facilitate cross-border prosecution and bring perpetrators of offences against the Union's financial interests to justice. This latest initiative aims to increase levels of information and coordination in the fight against financial fraud to maximise the information gathered by the existing EU bodies (Eurojust, OLAF, Europol), in charge of either facilitating information flows or coordinating national prosecutions. During this forward-looking session, participants will analyse the operational and managerial challenges related to the creation of this new EU body and discuss, from a practical perspective, how digital technologies can support its establishment and how to ensure EU case management systems are interoperable so to avoid future information gaps.


12:30 – 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 – 15:45

Building a resilient cyber-ecosystem through the digital transformation of European defence capabilities

Through the European Defence Fund, complemented by the recently launched Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence, a strong emphasis has been put on cyber projects aiming at transforming European defence capabilities to tackle the ever more virulent cyber threats Europe has faced over the past year. These projects are intended to bridge national capabilities and experiences among participating Member States and the defence industry. Digital technologies, in this instance, have a particular role to adapt European defence infrastructures to this new international security challenge related to cyberattacks. Whilst Member States and European institutions have already equipped themselves with specific defences to address cyberattacks, building cyber resilience is still the cornerstone of Europe’s cybersecurity strategy. The Commission has presented a proposal for making the European Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) a highly reactive and preventative “EU cybersecurity agency”. In this new role, ENISA will contribute to the transformation of the entire digital ecosystem to make it more resilient and more secure with regards to cyber threats.

Speakers will shed light on the most urgent priorities to adapt defence capabilities and to ultimately enhance cyber resilience across Europe involving comprehensive solutions from both the private and the public sectors. Through operational insights, the discussion will focus on cutting-edge initiatives designed to protect public organisations and on technical solutions available to mitigate cyber risks, arguably the most pressing issues in the European defence landscape today. Participants will share experiences on making the best use of cyber powers developed in recent years by a growing number of Member States in the defence space. Finally, the session will be concluded with a discussion on the challenges we can expect to face in the future and the need for further transnational coordination between national representatives and cyber industry leaders active in the defence space.

15:15 – 16:30

Networking Reception



Thursday 27 September, 2018
08.45 to 16.30




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