02 March 2018
Militarising Europe: Parliamentary committee report on the 500m Defence Industrial Development Proramme
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The explanatory statement by the rapporteur (Françoise Grossetête MEP, European People's Party) states:
"Our defence industry is not, at present, given sufficient incentives to compete globally, despite a genuine wealth of technology. It needs more Europe to provide more reliable, more independent and less costly technology.
Paradoxically, Europeans security needs in an unstable international environment are, in many respects, increasing. And the EUs singular approach to defence and global security is a guarantee of stability. Cooperation therefore provides essential added value in responding to EU citizens need for security and consolidating the EUs position.
Your rapporteur warmly welcomes, therefore, the Commissions proposal to establish a European Defence Industrial Development Programme, and considers it essential to implement it successfully from January 2019 in order to secure the prospects for the European defence industry in the period after 2020. To that end, the Council and Parliament should examine this proposal promptly."
Furthermore (emphasis added)
"This Programme should be a means of strengthening EU independence in the area of defence. That strategic autonomy is essential to ensuring that the EU is free to take action worldwide. It can only be enhanced by better cooperation between Member States and undertakings, which must be based on the Member States common capability priorities. This will guarantee project viability."
See: European Parliament report on the proposal for a regulation establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defence industry (ITRE Committee, pdf)
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