Communication ‘Launching the European Defence Fund’

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Series Details (2017) 295 final (07.06.17)
Publication Date 07/06/2017
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The European Commission launched on 7 June 2017 a European Defence Fund (EDF), which aims at helpng Member States spend money on defence and security more efficiently, reduce duplications in spending and get better value for money.

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The EDF would coordinate, supplement and amplify national investments in defence research, in the development of prototypes and in the acquisition of defence equipment and technology. This initiative consists of this Communication and a proposal for a European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP).

In November 2016, the Commission released the European Defence Action Plan, in which the EDF was featured as a key element. A month later, the European Council also endorsed the initiative.

In parallel, the European Commission also presented a longer-term reflection paper setting out possible scenarios for the future in the area of European defence.

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European Commission: Fact Sheet, 07.06.17: The European Defence Fund: Questions and Answers
Deutsche Welle, 07.06.17: EU launches new defense fund amid growing security concerns
Politico, 07.06.17: Trump tweets propel Europe into new military age
EurActiv, 07.06.17: Commission to mobilise €40 billion to beef up defence cooperation
EUObserver, 09.06.17: EU environment and science money moved to military fund
The Guardian, 06.06.17: EU to outline plan to use funds for defence for first time
European Commission: Press Release, 07.06.17: A European Defence Fund: €5.5 billion per year to boost Europe's defence capabilities
European Parliament: European Parliamentary Research Service: Briefing: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment, October 2018: Establishing the European Defence Fund

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