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Pooled Ammunition Procurement: EDA Supports Baltic States

Brussels - 12 March, 2013

National Armament Directors of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have today launched the joint procurement of Carl-Gustav Ammunition in the framework of the European Defence Agency’s Effective Procurement Methods (EPM) initiative. EPM is a key Pooling & Sharing enabler which allows Member States to optimise the effectiveness of their procurement through combining existing common needs and translating them into joint procurement cases.

This contract on the procurement of different types of Carl Gustav ammunition for the three Baltic States has an estimated value of up to € 50 million. EDA will support these Member States in the cooperation set-up and the contracting phases. The contract notice is expected to be published by June and the award decision to be delivered before the end of the year.

“This joint procurement case is a manifestation of the trust between the three Baltic States and the European Defence Agency. We appreciate the support by the Agency and invite other Member States to join this initiative”, says Ingvar Pärnamäe, National Armament Director of Estonia, the lead nation in the procurement project.

The European Defence Agency has previously successfully conducted several Effective Procurement Method cases including one on the Counter-IED exercise European Guardian held in Austria, covering instructors’ services and expertise; and another one on Basic Logistics Services for the 2012 EU Battle Group for three Member States: Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany with a total value of €228 million. Potential savings yielded by shared procurement of military equipment and services lie between 20 to 50 per cent.

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