On 18 July 2018 the European Parliament and Council adopted a regulation establishing a European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), which aims to co-finance collaborative defence capability development projects with important cross-border participation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

On 19 March 2019, the European Commission adopted the work programme which will provide €500 million for the co-financing of such projects during 2019-2020. The Commission has also published the calls for proposals for 2019. Further calls will follow for 2020. These calls will cover priority areas in all domains – air, land, sea, cyber and space – including:

  • enabling operations, protection and mobility of military forces
  • intelligence, secured communication & cyber
  • ability to conduct high-end operations
  • innovative defence technologies & SMEs

In addition, 2 projects have been proposed for direct award to support the development of the Eurodrone and to support ESSOR interoperable and secure military communications.

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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