24/07/2013 at 12:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Organiser: European Commission
On 24 July the European Commission will adopt a communication announcing a set of measures to enhance the efficiency of Europe's defence and security sector. It will focus on a range of policy areas concerned by the sector including industrial policy, the single market (defence procurement) and research, as well as other areas such as space and energy. It will explore ways the EU can support Member States in strengthening the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and outline proposals for fostering innovation, growth and jobs, through the promotion of civilian / military synergies and measures to support defence-related SMEs.
The Communication will be the Commission's contribution to the upcoming European Council debate on defence in December 2013, in line with the Council Conclusions of 14 December 2012.
In October 2012 the Commission announced that it would prepare a Strategy for Europe's defence sector. The Commission's Defence Task Force, established in 2011, is playing a key role in this process and the European Defence Agency (EDA) and European External Action Service (EEAS) are closely associated with the Task Force's work.
The EU’s defence industry employs around 400,000 people and had a turnover of around €90bn in 2010. It drives innovation and develops the capabilities which are needed for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). At the same time, the sector suffers from budget constraints and market fragmentation. Action is therefore needed to maintain industrial and technological capabilities which are of strategic importance for the EU.
12:30 Press conference with Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Commissioner Michel Barnier followed by a technical briefing at 13:00.
A press release and the Communication will be available on the day.