|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Defence Industry and Space|
|Series Details||COM (2022) 349|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 19 July 2022, aimed at establishing a European Defence Industry Reinforcement through common Procurement Act (EDIRPA) for the period 2022-2024.
The European Union's geopolitical context changed dramatically in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The return of territorial conflict and high-intensity warfare in Europe required EU Member States to rethink their defence plans. In March 2022, the EU leaders committed to bolster European defence capabilities as a consequence of Russia's decision to attack Ukraine. The European Commission later published a Joint Communication on Defence Investment Gaps Analysis and Way Forward. It provided insights on three main types of gaps: a financial gap, an industrial one, and a capability gap. The document also suggested that Member States should act collaboratively as they proceeded to fill the defence gaps and replenish stockpiles. Without cooperation and coordination, increase national investments into defence risked deepening fragmentation of the European defence sector.
This draft law proposes a common procurement procedure via the EU budget through a dedicated Short Term Instrument establishing the European Defence industry Reinforcement through Common Procurement Act. The financial support brought through this Instrument aims to stimulate cooperative defence procurement and benefit the EU's Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) while ensuring EU Member States’ armed forces’ ability to act, security of supply and increased interoperability.
The proposal was adopted by the European Commission on 19 July 2022. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 1 December.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets, Security and Defence|
|Subject Tags||Common Security and Defence Policy, Defence Industry|
|Keywords||Public Procurement, Weapons | Arms | Armaments
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|