On 18 July 2018 the EP and Council adopted a Regulation establishing a European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), targeting the development stage of collaborative defence projects.
The EDIDP aims to co-finance collaborative defence capability development projects with important cross-border participation of SMEs. The Commission proposed a budget of €500 million for its entire duration (2019-2020) and plans to adopt the Work Programme by end 2018 allowing for the first calls for proposals to be launched beginning 2019.
In cooperation with Member States, the Commission is identifying categories of projects which could benefit from the EU support. Eligible projects will cover the entire development phase from feasibility studies to product certification. Depending on the stage of development, the EU support may cover up to 100% of the costs.
Enterprises active in the defence sector should be already identifying possible collaborative projects and actively searching for cross-border partners. Companies are advised to get in touch with the relevant stakeholders, such as the Ministries of Defence, national defence industry associations, cross-border partners and large industry players and take part in conferences and workshops that are being organised throughout the EU.
For the 2021-2027 period, the Commission has proposed to support collaborative defence development projects with an ambitious budget of €1.27 billion per year.
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