Procurement in the defence sector

16 January 2013

This event is part of a series of breakfast seminars relating to aerospace, defence and security.

Implementation of the EU Defence and Security Procurement Directive in 2011 has changed the way in which defence and security procurements are conducted. The intention of the European Commission was to limit national governments' excessive reliance on exemptions from existing procurement rules, by introducing a harmonised EU procedure that recognised the sensitivities in this sector. What is the latest news on the Directive, how do the procedures work, and how do they differ from the procurement rules for non-defence and security-related products, services and works? What opportunities do the new rules create? How do the rules interact with the overarching exclusion for essential security interests in Article 346 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU?

We hope you can join us.

If you're interested in attending this event or for further information, please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

The programme

08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 10.00
Presentation followed by question and answer session
Peter Willis, Partner, Bird & Bird
Victoria Moorcroft, Associate, Bird & Bird