EDA and the European Commission recognise that investing today in future-oriented defence research programmes is crucial to developing the capabilities that are required tomorrow.
The Commission, which currently finances exclusively civilian or dual-use R&D through its €80 billion Horizon 2020 programme, considers the Preparatory Action as a major instrument for testing the added-value of CSDP-related research from the EU budget.
The Preparatory Action could pave the way to a fully-fledged EU defence R&D programme within the multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF 2021-2027). The key aspect in assessing the added value will certainly be the uptake of the technology research by the industry and the Ministries of Defence which will ensure the production of new strategic capabilities for armed forces in Europe and increase the competitiveness of the European defence technological and industrial base.
The Preparatory Action will be launched in 2017 before becoming part of the MFF 2021-2027.
The main issues that will be finalised in 2016 are:
- Priorities of the work-programme;
- Rules for participation, including the IPR scheme;
- Funding scheme;
- IPR scheme