Test-case EU spending programmes are bearing fruit

06 March 2020

Key Points

  • Results of the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) are expected to be seen by the summer.
  • EDIDP is the foundation for the broader European Defence Fund (EDF), funding for which remains a matter of debate.

The EU’s test-case spending programmes on defence research and development (R&D and other projects since 2018 are starting to reshape how industry players team up internationally for capability development, according to EU officials.

“We are starting to get signals that these precursor programmes are introducing changes in the way defence players work together,” Anne Fort, acting head of unit for defence industry and market at the European Commission’s policy department known as DG DEFIS, told a policy forum in Brussels on 4 March hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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