On 11 April, the European Commission adopted the ‘Decision on the financing of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and the use of unit costs for the year 2017’. The budget for the PADR related actions in 2017 is €25 million.
The Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) will be run by the European Defence Agency (EDA). A Delegation Agreement between the Commission and EDA was signed on 31st May 2017 by which the Commission entrusts the EDA with the management and implementation of the research projects to be launched within the PADR.
The Preparatory Action on Defence Research is a concrete step aimed at assessing and demonstrating the added-value of EU supported defence research and technology (R&T). The relevant results are expected to further deepen European defence cooperation, addressing capability shortfalls, and to strengthen European defence stakeholders.
The European Commission launched the PADR with a view of developing a future European Defence Research Programme (EDRP) as part of the EU’s next Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027).