Economic, Legal & Trade Commission


The Economic, Legal and Trade (ELT) Commission strongly promotes the interests of the European Aerospace and Defence Industries at European level by actively monitoring the EU Legislation. The ELT also seeks to anticipate future EU Regulations and political decisions that might affect Aerospace and Defence Industries, whether they relate to public procurement, intellectual property rights, security of supply, funding of research projects or protection of trade secrets.

Moreover, the ELT follows the development of issues with global aspect such as trade agreements or competition, with a special interest for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and other free trade agreement negotiations.

The ASD Economic, Legal and Trade Commission is a transversal working body within the Association, and deals with Defence related issues as well as civil matters; Members of the ELT Commission are representatives from both National Associations and Direct Company Members.


The Chairman of the Economic, Legal and Trade Commission is Mr Jean-Charles Boulat, Vice-President of European Affairs at DCNS and vice-chairs are Natalia Santa Teresa, Gerente Senior at Indra and Ulrich Beck, Had of Public Procurement Policy at Airbus Defence & Space. 

Business Ethics Committee (BEC)

Chairman: Mr Dominique Lamoureux, Director of Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, Thalès Group
The Business Ethics Committee (BEC) reports to the ELT and is involved in business ethics and best practice conduct in Aerospace and Defence industries.

The European Aerospace and Defence Industry, as represented in the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), reaffirms its continued dedication to contribute to a market place free of corruptive practices, allowing all participants in the international market to compete on an equal and fair basis.

The industry expresses its commitment to observe and apply the anti-corruption rules embedded in national legislation implementing the 1997 OECD Convention and UNCAC as well as any other applicable law.

Over the years, extensive and thorough work has been accomplished by ASD’s member corporations in developing effective company codes of conduct and integrity programmes, seeking to ensure robust compliance with legislative and corporate rules through their worldwide organisations.

The definition of common good practice can contribute significantly to a better integrity climate. The industry is however aware that its integrity endeavours should, in order to be and remain effective, go hand in hand with further improvements by states to the fair and equal implementation of the 1997 OECD Convention and UNCAC, which implies also a harmonisation of procedural and judicial rules related to their enforcement.

In this spirit, a number of major European players in the Aerospace and Defence Industry have founded ASD Business Ethics Committee (BEC). The BEC has initiated and pursued the sharing and the benchmarking of their corporate integrity practice, with a view to determining, through an industry-wide cooperative effort, commonly established standards.

By doing this, the industry wishes to promote and v enhance integrity practices amongst its member companies taking into consideration the European context.

As a result of the efforts made by all the participants in the BEC and thanks to the advice and help provided by expert institutions and organisations of the civil society, a set of Common Industry Standards has been produced, which deal with both general integrity issues as well as with sector specific issues. In addition, ASD together with AIA, have developed and endorsed the Global Principles of Business Ethics.




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