Distinguished guests of the Future Forces Forum, ladies and gentlemen,
We live in times that can be characterized by a rather high level of uncertainty and unpredictability. Before we could really get over the crisis of the pandemic of covid-19, our society has been thrusted into another crisis. This one was caused by the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin who started brutal and quite unprovoked war in Ukraine at the end of February. All of those issues have tremendously amplified the importance of defense and security.
Our active membership in NATO together with its principle of collective defense present a strategic guarantee of our national security. Also, our stable membership in the EU creates a foundation of our long-term economic prosperity and eventual international solidarity.
International project Future Forces Forum is a unique platform for deepening of effective cooperation between the key agents within the realm of security and defense at home as well as abroad. Over and over again, it brings together various experts not only from NATO and EU, but also from public administration, industry, research and development as well as education. Their ever-closer cooperation is our hope for more secure and stable future.
As the ancient Greeks rightly put it, united we stand, divided we fall.
That is why I did not hesitate at all and decided to take the patronage over this year of the FFF.
Marketa PEKAROVA ADAMOVA
Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic