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Monday, 6 May 2019

06.05.2019 | armasuisse external relations

Monday, 6 May 2019 marked the start of the third of the four training weeks of the 31st Session Européenne des Responsables d’Armement – SERA. Switzerland, alongside the Netherlands, has been presented with the opportunity as the second host country to organise a one-week supporting programme for participants.


Starting at 8 a.m., around 80 leaders and budding executives from the fields of defence and armaments were received in Berne by the armasuisse Organisation team and Swiss Councillors. After a welcome coffee and registration, armasuisse External Relations welcomed the participants who had made the journey from a total of 23 European countries. To kick off the Swiss training week, the participants were able to take a moment to sit back and marvel at the beauty of Switzerland and its landscape via a short video.

Programme: Day 1

Following the video, National Armaments Director Martin Sonderegger welcomed everyone in attendance. He spoke about Switzerland in general, its idiosyncrasies as well as its political system, and provided insights into the remit and work of armasuisse. This was followed by further presentations held by employees from the DDPS on the official topic of “The future of European Defence: how to foster self-determination and counter detrimental influences?”. Not forgetting that this week is supposed to be a training week, the first of three group work exercises took place in the morning.
The first day was brought to a close in the late evening with an official group photo.

Quote from a Swiss Councillor attending SERA 

Following an intensive preparation phase that spanned several weeks and months, I am now happy that the SERA Swiss Week was finally opened today in Berne. I am looking forward to taking part in the exciting programme over the next few days and exchanging ideas and experiences with the other participants.