Marian Majer serves as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic since 21st March 2020. Prior to that, he has worked as a Director of the Office of the State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, as well as Director of Slovak Security Policy Institute, Director of the Security and Defense Policy program at the Central European Political Institute (CEPI) and in the Center for European and North Atlantic Relations, contributing to research. In between years 2005 and 2012, he held multiple positions at the Ministry of Defence of the Slovak Republic, including General Counselor of State at the Defense policy, International Relations and Legislation section. He is an alumnus of Comenius University in Bratislava with a doctorate in Political Theory. He also underwent training and many courses at the U.S. State Department, NATO School in Oberammergau, NATO Defence College in Rome and at the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies.
How to find a comprehensive coherence between NATO and European defence initiatives like PESCO? Is the EU’s Strategic Compass concretising the essential role of European defence cooperation as a collective security provider? What are the risks and opportunities of the common defence and security strategy for European allies in the 2030 horizon?
How to improve the defence procurement policies of CEE countries in order to establish themselves as a competitive player in the European market? What role and responsibility do larger EU Member States have in helping build a pan-European defence industry to reduce material dependency on the United States? How can organizations like the European Defence Agency better spur more technological innovation?