The European Defence Agency has a unique structure that brings together each aspect of the defence process, from cooperation planning, through capabilities, research & technology, armaments cooperation, to industry and market, as well as wider European policies. This structure allows the Agency to serve the needs, expectations and interests of Member States effectively and efficiently. The EDA currently has some 170 staff.
Led by Olli Ruutu, Chief Executiv (acting), the Agency’s organisational structure comprises of three operational directorates :
Additionally, the Corporate Services Directorate (CSD), led by Luigi Sandrin, provides critical business support to EDA operations by delivering high-quality corporate services under five dedicated Units:
- Human Resources
- Procurement and Contract Management
- IT and Information Management
- Security and Infrastructure Management
The EDA Legal Office provides legal, data protection and institutional advice and checks to its management relating to the fulfilment of Agency objectives. The EDA Programme Manager and Corporate Projects Officer provides a leadership role in, and a focal point for, good practice in Project, Programme and Risk Management.
CSD processes are geared towards efficient and optimal use of resources, leveraging good practice and technological solutions while ensuring sound financial management, transparency and accountability.
The Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU) works in direct support of the Agency’s top management (Chief Executive & Deputy Chief Executive). It is responsible for strategic policy development, planning and coordination of EDA’s activities. The Unit is the Agency’s prime interface towards Member States at policy level and is responsible for relations with EU institutions and bodies, as well as third parties. It acts as the secretariat of the Steering Board and of the Agency Management Board.
The Media and Communication Unit (MCU) is in charge of external communication with the defence and wider communities, including relations with the press. The unit is responsible for the Agency’s social media and digital communication, publications, audiovisual production and organisation of main events and conferences. MCU is also responsible for internal communication within the Agency.
The task of the internal auditor is to provide independent, risk-based and objective assurance and advisory services designed to add value and improve the Agency’s operations. It helps the EDA accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.