Military Capabilities

EU’s future defence capability needs to clarify all aspects of its participation rules

27 November 2017

The proposed budgetary numbers for the EU’s forthcoming European Defence Fund (EDF) to finance defence capability prototyping and demonstration are clear. However, its rules governing non-EU eligibility and access to the fund for the EU’s smaller countries remain more than murky, say defence planners and officials in Brussels.

Proposed on 7 June, the forthcoming EDF will be split into two so-called windows: one for research and one for capability development. Trial funding of EUR500 million (USD597 million) from the EU’s budget will be set aside for capability projects during 2019–20, rising to EUR1 billion per year thereafter – amounts serving as 20% co-funding against national contributions.

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