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The European Defense Industry: Towards EU strategic autonomy

The geopolitical landscape has changed dramatically over the years. The growing worldwide instability and more particularly the instability at Europe’s borders has made European defence the top priority in Juncker Commission’s political guidelines.

Launched in 2016, the European Defence Action Plan set out an ambitious agenda to support the Member States’ more effective spending on joint defence capabilities.

Indeed, the lack of cooperation between Member States in the area of defence is estimated at between 50,000 and 100,000 million euros per year.

  • The European Union is becoming a significant actor in defence and security
    Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President and Commissioner for Jobs, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission
  • The competitiveness of Europe’s defence industry is the keystone to EU’s strategic autonomy
    Elzbieta Bienkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship and SME’s, European Commission
  • A strengthened European Defence: Swedish perspectives
    Peter Hultqvist, Swedish Minister of Defence
  • Support the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the Defence Industry in Europe
    Françoise Grossetête, MEP (Vice-President Group EPP) Rapporteur for the Regulation establishing the European Defence Industrial Development Programme aiming at supporting the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the EU defence industry
  • The European Defense Fund: ensuring industrial independence in Europe
    Dominique Riquet, MEP (ALDE Group), Shadow rapporteur of EDIDP, Member of the ITRE Committee
  • Innovation and competitiveness in the European defence sector
    Lowri Evans, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry,Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • EU must adapt to new threats to its security
    Arnaud Danjean, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Security and Defence and Special Committee on Terrorism
  • Defence efforts at the EU level in support of EDIDP of our armed forces
    Michael Gahler, EPP/CDU and Spokesperson on Security and Defence of the EPP Group
  • Airbus and European Defence
    Nathalie Errard, Senior Vice President, Head of European & NATO Affairs
  • What budget for the defence industry after 2020
    Gonzalez Pons, MEP (Vice-chair EPP Group), Rapporteur on EDIDP for Budget Committee
  • Financing R&D for Europe’s Defence and Security
    Ambroise Fayolle, Vice President of the European Investment Bank
  • Alexander Stubb, Vice President of the European Investment Bank

  • Consolidating the strategic autonomy of the Union through the future European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP)
    Professor Ioan Mircea Pascu, MEP (Group S&D), Vice-President of the European Parliament, Rapporteur on EDIDP for AFET/SEDE
  • A strong industrial base to meet the EU strategic autonomy
    Edouard Martin, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the ITRE Committee
  • For a better synergy of defence programmes in Europe
    Arturo Alfonso Meiriño, Director of OCCAR
  • The strategic importance of SMEs in the defence and security sector
    Miroslav Poche, MEP (S&D Group), Member of the ITRE Committee, Shadow rapporteur on EDIDP
  • The European Defence Fund – a potential game changer for European Defence
    Burkard Schmitt, Defence & Security Director, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe(ASD)
  • The Impact of Brexit on European Defence Cooperation and Defence Industry
    Elmar Brok, MEP (EPP Group), Member of the AFET Committee