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24 Feb 2016

Group of personalities recommends substantial defence research budget

On 23 February 2016, the Group of Personalities (GoP) submitted its report to the Commissioner for the Internal Market and Industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska. The main recommendation put forward by the group is to create a new thematic defence research programme with a budget of at least € 3.5 billion in the future EU research and innovation framework programme. The report submitted should help provide material for the European Commission's work on the European defence action plan expected this year. In its recommendations the GoP calls for preparatory action to be provided with a budget of between € 75-100 million. With regard to the future thematic programme, no less than € 3.5 billion would be required to make “a substantial difference” in the level of cooperation between member states in key capability domains.

The Group of Personalities was appointed in 2015 as part of the Conclusions of the European Council of December 2013 to draft a report on preparatory action for Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) related research and the future of defence research in Europe.

The report can be downloaded here.

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