On 14/15 February 2008 members of the Venusberg Group, of which Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow at ELIAMEP, is a member, discussed their third report Beyond 2010 – European Grand Strategy in a Global Age with security and defence specialists in Stockholm, Sweden. The third Venusberg report outlines a “grand strategy” for a common European foreign, security and defence policy in a globalised world. The objective of this report is to point the way forward to enable the EU to fulfil its undoubted potential as a global ‘one stop security shop’ for Europeans. The report advocates that Europeans should fifty years since the adoption of the Rome Treaty jointly develop a long-term strategic vision that looks beyond 2010.
Beyond 2010. European Grand Strategy in a Global Age is the third report of the Venusberg Group. The previous ones were A European Defence Strategy (2004) and Enhancing the European Union as an International Security Actor (2000). The Venusberg Group is a high-level group of security and defence experts from across Europe brought together by the Bertelsmann Stiftung to examine the future of EU security policy. The Group was formed in early 1999 following a meeting that took place at a hotel on the Venusberg near Bonn, close to the Petersberg where in 1992 European leaders established the basis for EU defence.
Members of the Venusberg Group: Franco Algieri, Head of Research, Austrian Institute for Euroopean and Security Policy (ÖIES), Vienna; Thomas Bauer, Senior Research Fellow, Bertelsmann Group for Policy Research, Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; Franz H.U. Borkenhagen, Fellow, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Guetersloh, former Head, Policy Planning and Advisory Staff, German Federal Ministry of Defence, Berlin; Yves Boyer, Deputy Director, Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS), Paris, Associate Professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Klaus Brummer, Researcher, University of Erlangen-Nuernberg; Janis A. Emmanouilidis, Stavros Costopoulos Research Fellow, ELIAMEP, Athens; Gustav Gustenau, Brigadier General, Deputy Director, Directorate for Security Policy, Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence, Vienna; Bo Huldt, Senior Professor, Department of Security and Strategic Studies, Swedish National Defence College (SNDC), President, The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, Stockholm; Josef Janning, Member of the Management Committee, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Guetersloh; Julian Lindley-French, Professor of Military Operational Art and Science, Netherlands Defence Academy, Breda, Senior Associate Fellow, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham; Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Brussels, former Polish Minister of National Defence, Warsaw; Stefano Silvestri, Professor; President, International Affairs Institute (IAI), Rome, former Italian Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Rome; Stefani Weiss, Director, Brussels Project Office Foreign and Security Policy, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Brussels; Rob de Wijk, Director, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), The Hague, Professor of Strategic Studies, Leiden University, Professor of International Relations, Netherlands Defence Academy, Breda