Meeting of the Minister of Defense Nikolaos Hardalia with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France in Paris – Signing of twelve contracts between Greek defense equipment companies and the French NAVAL GROUP, MBDA & THALES

Meeting of the Minister of Defense Nikolaos Hardalia with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of France in Paris – Signing of twelve contracts between Greek defense equipment companies and the French NAVAL GROUP, MBDA & THALES

The Deputy Minister of National Defense Mr. Nikolaos Hardalias met yesterday, Tuesday, October 18, 2022, with the Minister of Defense of France, Mr. Sébastien Lecornuat the Hellenic Pavilion, on the sidelines of the International Maritime Defense and Navigation Safety Exhibition “EURONAVAL 2022”, which takes place from October 18 to 21, 2022 at the “Paris Le Bourget” exhibition center, in Paris.

In a particularly cordial atmosphere, Mr. Hardalias and Lekorny confirmed the excellent relations of the two countries, partners in the European Union and allies in NATO, which were strengthened by the signing of the Agreement for the establishment of a Strategic Partnership, for cooperation in the defense and security of Greece and France, in Paris, last September.

For the first time, our country participates with a national stand in the International Exhibition “EURONAVAL 2022”, which is organized by the Association of Greek Defense Equipment Manufacturers (SEKPY) under the auspices of the Ministries of National Defense and Maritime & Insular Policy, with the support of the Organization Enterprise Greecethe Greek-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers (HEMEXPO).

Twelve Greek defense companies participate in this particularly important exhibition, one of the largest of its kind worldwide, with the aim of highlighting and promoting the Greek Defense Industry, at a particularly important time, where the large frigate armament program is already being implemented Belharrawhile additional programs are underway to strengthen the Greek Navy.

Our National Pavilion is attended by companies AKMON, ARPEDON, EMMIS, FARADS, FEAC ENGINEERING, MEVACO, MILTECH, ROTA, SCYTALIS, SSMART, STELMA AND 8 BELLS RESEARCH. The Deputy Minister of National Defense toured the premises of the Greek companies, spoke with their representatives and was informed individually by each participating exhibitor.

In the presence of Mr. Hardalia, a total of twelve contracts were signed between Greek defense material companies and the French Groups NAVAL GROUPwho was represented by the Director of Procurement Ms. An Quillon (Anne Quillon), THALES who was represented by the Vice President Mr. Herve Daman (Hervit is Dammann) and MBDA which represented by the CEO Mr. Eric Beranger (Éric Bit isranger).

The Deputy Minister of National Defense, Mr. Nikolaos Hardalias, representing the Hellenic Republic and the Ministry of National Defense, inaugurated the Greek Pavilion of the Exhibition.

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The opening ceremony of the Greek Pavilion was attended by the Greek Ambassador to France Mr. Dimitrios Zevelakisthe Chief General Vice Admiral Stylianos Petrakis PN, also representing the Chief GEETHA General Konstantinos Florosthe Chief of LS – EL. AKT Vice Admiral L.S. George Alexandrakis, the Director of the General Directorate of Defense Equipment & Investments (GDAEE) of the Ministry of National Defense Vice-Admiral (M) e.a. Aristides Alexopoulos PN, the Vice President of the Group GICAN (Groupement des Industries de Construction et Activitit iss Navales) K. Louis Le Piven (Louis Le Pivain), o President of the Association of Greek Defense Equipment Manufacturers Mr. Anastasios Rozolis, o President of the Greek-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Laurent Thuillier (Laurent THuillier)the Authorized Advisor & Executive Member of the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Greece Organization Ms. Betty Alexandropoulou and the CEO of the company FARADS K. Konstantinos Fanouriadis as its representative HEMEXPO.

The Deputy Minister of National Defense, in the context of the opening event of the Greek Pavilion, addressed the following greeting:

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you very much for your welcome and I want to express to you my great pleasure to be here today with you.

It is particularly important to be present at this exhibition, where Greece is participating for the first time. I would like to congratulate the Hellenic Defense Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEKPY), the Hellenic-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Enterprise Greece, as well as the Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers (HEMEXPO) for organizing the Greek Pavilion, under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defense and of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy. Our National Participation in this prominent exhibition is yet another proof of the timeless trend and vanguardism of the Greeks in the shipping sector, but also of the obvious extroversion that characterizes the Greek defense industry.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, on September 28, 2021, the President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic signed the “Strategic Partnership for Defense and Security Cooperation” Agreement. This landmark agreement includes a specific provision to upgrade cooperation between the defense industries of the two countries. In this context, this exhibition is an excellent opportunity to reaffirm the strong ties between Athens and Paris in the field of defense, as well as to further develop the relationship of our defense industries.

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The Greek Armed Forces have a long tradition of using French weapon systems. The recent procurement of Belhar Frigatesra is the latest example of the timeless and extremely important convergence between our countries in the fields of defense, economy and foreign policy. It also represents a complex multi-stakeholder project, aiming to deliver a final product that we aspire to be the spearhead of our Navy. These ships, together with the rest of the Greek and French naval forces, will be the best guarantors of peace, security and stability on the eastern sea borders of the European Union.

Also, the Greek participation in this leading maritime defense and security exhibition also serves another purpose: It provides some of the most prominent Greek defense companies with the opportunity to present their products and areas of expertise, but also to explore new investment opportunities. Bolstered by a reborn Greek economy and with the recent exit from the Enhanced European Surveillance regime, as well as the official end of the twelve-year period of the Memoranda, the Greek defense industry declares itself present! Its representatives, with the solid and consistent support of the government, are ready to showcase its outstanding capabilities, as well as products that demonstrate the Greeks’ inherent propensity for innovation. So I urge all our guests to meet our exhibitors and get to know their products.

In closing, I would like to invite you all to the 2nd DEFEA, our international defense and security exhibition that will take place in Athens from 9 to 11 May 2023.

Thank you very much for your time. Greece, France, alliance!”.

The Deputy Minister of National Defense also toured the rest of the national stands of the Exhibition accompanied by the Ambassador of Greece to France, the Chief of General Staff, the General Director of GDAEE and the Greek Defense Attaché in Paris.

Finally, Mr. Hardalias met with the President and CEO of NAVAL GROUP K. Pierre Éric Pommelletits President and General Manager THALES K. Patrice CaineMBDA CEO Mr. Éric Béranger and its President FINCANTIERI Mr. Dario Deste (Dario Deste)while he also had contacts with government officials, company heads and Naval Defense Sector bodies of participating countries.


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