Mr Trappier called upon the new Commission, Member States and the European Parliament to make the legislative finalisation of the EDF a priority and to “adopt the EDF regulation as soon as possible to ensure timely implementation as of 2021”. With regards to the content of EDF work programmes that still have to be defined, the ASD President emphasised that “if the EDF is to make a difference for industry and armed forces, it must support projects that really matter in terms of technology and capabilities.”
Mr Trappier continued his remarks highlighting that “EDF is a genuine EU programme and therefore by definition inclusive, i.e. open to participants from all Member States”. Involving innovative and competitive companies from all over the EU into European projects was therefore also in the interest of prime contractors. He furthermore pointed to the need for supply chains that are both cross-border and competitive.
In his conclusion, ASD President stated that “a lot has been achieved over the last three years, but we are still only at the beginning”. In reference to the EU’s Global Strategy, Mr Trappier stressed that “Europe needs the freedom to decide and to act which would imply a certain level of strategic autonomy at least for critical capabilities and technologies”. In this context, “the EDF can and must play an important role. It is often said and written that the EDF is a potential game changer – let’s all work together that it becomes a real game changer!”