The European Commission signed the final details and budget on 11 April that officially launched its preparatory action on defence research (PADR). The three-year programme will test the feasibility of using EU money to finance military technologies that support the Union’s Common Security Defence Policy objectives and is expected to lead to permanent, and far larger, annual spending on defence research and development (R&D) in the EU’s annual budget after 2020.
“This is what we’ve all been waiting for,” a European Parliament official told Jane’s on 12 April. The European Parliament has been a strong supporter of the idea. “And it comes at moment when Europe desperately needs to start thinking about new defence capabilities for itself,” the official added.
Full article: EU’s preparatory action for defence research officially gets off the ground (IHS Jane’s 360)
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