Commission seeks views on plans for defence and space industries

Submitted by Lee Gibson on 30 September 2020

The European Commission is seeking the views of stakeholders on its plans for synergies and cross-fertilisation between the civil defence and space industries.

Defence, space and civil (including security) industries face unprecedented global competition, in a changing geo-political context. They also face new opportunities with the emergence of rapidly evolving technologies, and the emergence of new actors.

By seeking synergies and cross-fertilisation in European Union (EU) programmes, the EU aims to make more effective use of resources and technologies and create economies of scale.

A roadmap outlining the issues and proposed action plan has been published and is open for feedback for until 23 October 2020

The initiative will analyse the links between the space and defence industrial ecosystem and industries on a wide range of civil uses (including security) with the aim of identifying opportunities for added value at the level of programmes and for technologies, standards, skills, innovation and start-ups.

It will analyse all relevant Commission-led activities (e.g. policies, programmes or investment support, standards, regulatory framework) and propose new initiatives and measures that seek to increase the benefits for industries and users, and support EU technological sovereignty and resilience, in particular relating to critical technologies and strategic value chains.

Feedback will be taken into account for further development and fine tuning of the initiative.

You can find out more and offer your feedback here.

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