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The defence and aerospace ecosystem are changing in major ways, driven by the need to increase strategic autonomy and to adapt to the green and digital changes. The European Defence Industrial Strategy (EDIS) and the Transition Pathway for Aerospace show the European Union's ambitious plan to manage these changes. These initiatives are not just policy guidelines but crucial tools for stimulating innovation, ensuring the EU's role as a global pioneer in technology, and protecting its environmental and digital futures.

EDIS seeks to strengthen the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base, ensuring that the EU keeps a competitive advantage in defence capabilities while supporting collaborative R&D, stimulating innovation, and improving market efficiencies. At the same time, the Transition Pathway for Aerospace outlines a vision for a sustainable aerospace sector, highlighting decarbonisation, innovation in air mobility, and the upgrading of Air Traffic Management systems.

The European Cluster Collaboration Platform, on behalf of the European Commission, organises the EU Clusters Talk “Autonomy, innovation and security: EU strategies for Aerospace and Defence” on 17 April, 8:30 – 9:45 CET, to present the European Defence Industrial Strategy and the Transition Pathway for Aerospace as well as to discuss the implementation and industry activities with cluster representatives.

Speakers will include: 

  • Alina Andreea Papuc, Policy Officer, DG DEFIS, European Commission
  • Paola Sartori, Policy Officer, DG DEFIS, European Commission
  • Flavio Fusco, Technical Committee, Italian National Aerospace Technology Cluster (CTNA)
  • Goran Basarac, President, Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster
  • Mélanie Durth, R&D Manager, Andalucia Aerospace Cluster
  • Niklas Schilling, Manager International Affairs, European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP)

This event is part of regular online meetings brought to the cluster community by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform. They offer up-to-date insights into the latest industrial policies and clusters’ involvement, projects, and best practices, the latest ECCP news, and funding opportunities. The EU Clusters Talks are a space to exchange knowledge and to discuss cluster-relevant topics, which will change with every meeting.

Prior registration to this event is compulsory before 17 April 2024, 7:30 CET. This EU Clusters Talk is open to participants from the European Union and SMP/COSME countries. Approval for attending the session will be given individually.

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