In order to maximise the effectiveness of our work, the Agency works closely together with a number of EU institutions, international organisations and third States. Several Administrative Arrangements with international organisations and third States (Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the Ukraine) have been concluded.
European Space Agency
On 20 June 2011, EDA signed an Administrative Arrangement with the European Space Agency. The cooperation aims at exploring the added value and contribution of space assets to the development of European capabilities in the area of crisis management and the Common Security and Defence Policy. Building on their specific roles and activities, ESA and EDA are cooperating on a variety of subjects, including Earth Observation, GOVSATCOM, Satellite Communication in support of Unmanned Aerial Systems, REACH regulation, Unmanned Maritime systems, CBRNe, cybersecurity, as well as critical space technologies. The significant cooperation established over the years is a clear demonstration of the complementarity of the respective areas of interest of EDA and ESA, and the high added value and leverage effects resulting from specific EDA-ESA cooperation projects.
The European Defence Agency and the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) signed an Administrative Arrangement on 27 July 2012. On the occasion of the signature, the OCCAR-EA Director Patrick Bellouard expressed his conviction that: “From now on, integration into OCCAR of programmes originating from EDA’s work on capabilities and harmonisation of requirements, will run smoother, delivering maximum efficiency for our customers.” Under the arrangement, EDA and OCCAR share information on projects and programmes throughout their lifecycle, helping to guarantee a seamless handover of projects, with both parties remaining involved and informed at every stage.
European Aviation Safety Agency
EDA and the European Aviation Safety Agency signed a Cooperation Arrangement on 18 June 2013, covering the harmonisation of military aviation safety requirements with a primary focus on airworthiness. Both agencies expect to achieve considerable benefits from this increased cooperation, especially in areas of ‘dual use’ aircraft. One such example will be the A400M certified by EASA in its civil aircraft configuration. In the field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) close cooperation and harmonisation of civil and military rules and regulations to enable safe operations in Europe will be essential.