05 Oct 2018
Presidency conference looks at potential and challenges of European Defence R&I
The High Level EU Conference "The European Defence Fund – Driving Factor for Defence Research and Innovation" took place on 2 October 2018 in Vienna. The significance of the topic was underlined by the fact that the event was attended by about 500 participants, representing EU institutions, think tanks, industry, research, and the armed forces from more than 30 countries.
High-ranking speakers from the European Parliament, the EU Military Council and the European Defence Agency set the stage and addressed the importance of the EDF in the face of growing global challenges. Three panels elaborately discussed the great potential for the development of European defence capabilities, the need for effective funding including SMEs and mid-caps, IPR protection, synergy effects with other programmes, and co-funding requirements.
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