Brussels, 30 June 2021
Today, the European Commission adopted the European Defence Fund (EDF) Work Programme for 2021, following the entry into force of the EDF Regulation in May. The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) welcomes this milestone in the implementation phase of the EDF.
“The EDF mobilises the EU budget to support collaborative defence projects between different partners across the EU. This is a positive step forward that builds on the previous projects EDIDP1 and PADR2 but with a higher level of ambition and much more funding”, said Alessandro Profumo, President of ASD and CEO of Leonardo.
“The EDF initiates cooperation where it makes most sense, i.e. during the research and development phase, and it sets incentives to organise supply chains EU-wide, across national borders. All this can make a real difference for defence cooperation between Member States, boost industry’s capabilities and competitiveness, and enhance European technological sovereignty in a strategic sector,” Mr Profumo concluded.
By boosting research and development cooperation in the defence sector, the EDF will strengthen the competitiveness and innovation capacity of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base. In conjunction with other initiatives, namely PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) and CARD (Coordinated Annual Review on Defence), and in coordination with NATO, the EDF constitutes a major step forward for European defence.
Together with the EDF work programme 2021, the European Commission also published today the results of the 2020 EDIDP calls. ASD recognizes the important contribution of the EDIDP to strengthening the European defence industry and preparing the ground for the EDF.
ASD is the voice of European Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security Industries, actively promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector by advocating common positions towards European Institutions and International Organisations.
Media Contact, ASD:
Adrian Schmitz, Communications Director
Phone: +32 473 13 33 30