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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (18/09/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: Fifth Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector 19 September 2017, Thessaloniki, Greece Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference 19-20 September 2017, Antwerp, Belgium 6th SAFA Regulators and Industry Forum 21-22 September 2017, Köln, Germany…

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