Where is the European defence going ?

February 21, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-02-21

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For decades, EU had classified security and defense among its most strategic sector.To date,MEPs continue to negotiate concerning possible defence industry which will be based on research and innovation.So it should turn to SMEs, develop dual civil-military capacities and trade in defence equipment.

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The defence industry “is not an industrial sector like others. Its strategic nature makes it a special case and must be taken into account,” insisted Arnaud Danjean (EPP, FR), chair of Parliament’s security and defence subcommittee.

Mr Danjean also stressed the importance of the European summit in December, when member states will discuss security and defence issues, pointing to the responsibility of member states to make it a success.

He singled out the need to make defence markets more open; support SMEs; develop dual civil-military capacities, research, and trade in defence equipment; and explore the role the EU could play in providing European exporters with access to defence markets outside the EU particularly in the US.

MEPs highlighted the need for a competitive industrial base in Europe to ensure that the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy can continue to deliver despite the current budget constraints.

“In the security and defence industries, no-one else will do what the Europeans do not do for themselves,” said Commissioner Barnier.

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