Collaborative Database

Aug 25, 2016

Start Date: 2007
End Date: n/a.
Participating Countries: All

The Collaborative Database (CODABA) is a web based platform designed to support Member States in sharing information on their plans and programmes in capability development. The aim of the CODABA is to streamline cooperation for the benefit of European Capability Development by identifying potential collaborative opportunities. With recently improved functionality, CODABA enables convenient contribution and identification of potential collaborative opportunities since early planning stages.

Project goals

  • Future Capability Landscaping: Entries on plans, programmes and in-service capabilities of Member States are compiled in the CODABA in order to outline landscape of future European capability development. This is an integral part of the Capability Development Plan (CDP).
  • Facilitating Enhanced Cooperation: On the basis of an iterative analysis of CODABA content, potential collaborative opportunities, including Pooling & Sharing opportunities, can be identified and promoted with a view to generating new projects.

Detailed description of the project 

The Collaborative Database (CODABA) is a web based platform containing entries on plans and programmes in capability development as well as and in-service capabilities shared by and made available to the community of all EDA participating Member States and Third States, organisations or entities bound by Administrative Arrangements.

The purpose of the CODABA is to outline the future capability development landscape in Europe (“Future Capability Landscaping”) and to support cooperation by identifying and promoting collaborative opportunities (“Facilitating Enhanced Cooperation”) on the basis of analysis of its content. The analysis is provided by EDA in an advisory role in order to highlight opportunities and to provide ideas on an initial approach for cooperation, within or outside the EDA framework. CODABA records should be perceived as a non-binding effort to share information on capability development.

The CODABA contributes to facilitating cooperation “by increased transparency and information sharing in defence planning” which is in line with the Conclusions of the European Council on 19-20 December 2013, with the Code of Conduct on Pooling & Sharing as well as supporting the Capability Development Plan iteration.

A dedicated working body, the CODABA-Team, has been established in order to support pMS in defence cooperation and to implement the Mechanism to Promote Collaborative Opportunities, agreed with pMS. 



Latest updates

Since the spring of 2014, the CODABA has been revitalised through the introduction of a new web-based IT tool, the CODABA 3.0, launched in January 2016. 

The new version of the CODABA comes with a completely re-designed, user friendly interface and a robust infrastructure. Users can easily search for programmes, read and export data, set up alerts to remain informed about selected items, express interest, and, if they have publisher rights, create, modify and delete records relevant to their pMS.

The CODABA currently contains more than 6200 records from all EDA participating Member States, as well as Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Serbia, far exceeding the previous versions in terms of quantity and quality of the collected data. The information comes from different sources such as direct contributions from Member States, a review of open source information and pMS responses to the EU Military Capability Questionnaire. The CODABA provides a comprehensive overview of plans and programmes as well as current capability inventory. Importantly, the CODABA software supports sharing information concerning all lines of capability development.

A detailed analysis of all current inputs to the CODABA revealed that in more than 160 cases, requirements, plans and programmes converge in substance and – to a certain extent – timelines. In other instances, Member States’ proposals appear to merit further investigation. For each of the identified cases, EDA provides a Collaborative Opportunity and Landscaping Report, published in the CODABA. Several of the most promising cases have been selected to potentially be taken forward as Pooling & Sharing projects. 

The current version of the CODABA is available online at A dedicated workspace accessible to all CODABA users has been made available on the EDA Collaboration Platform (ECP). Additionally, the EDA provides an online-handbook which reflects the technical functionality of the CODABA. 

Access to the CODABA is restricted to governmental authorities representing EDA pMS, EU Institutions such as the European Commission, the Council of the European Union or the European External Action Service and, upon formal decision, Third States or organisations with which the Agency has concluded an Administrative Arrangement. All interested governmental users may are invited to request access through MyEDA account. Users without a valid EDA account may register on the EDA Identity Management Portal.

In case of any questions, please contact the Project Officer CDP & CODABA Thomas Eppacher at codaba(a) 


Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • UK