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Find the latest news by ENDR members on dual-use funding, events and activities.

Commission’s consultation on Smart Specialisation to close in late March

The European Commission currently seeks stakeholder input until 24 March for the Smart Specialisation Communication it will publish in May 2017. The consultation is collecting views on regional specialisation strategies, projects and initiatives for future action and to advance the concept of smart specialisation. Stakeholders such as the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)…

New study identifies Europe’s crucial technologies and their dual-use applications

Joint European procurement of critical raw materials and the promotion of dual-use technologies are among the recommendations of a new report released by the Commission on 20 February. The “Study on the dual-used potential of key enabling technologies” (KETs) identifies cross-cutting synergies between technologies and where Europe needs to reduce its dependence on critical imported materials.…

Workshop: EDAP’s new defence opportunities for regions

The European Defence Action Plan, unveiled on 30 November 2016, is the Commission's contribution to a stronger European defence through ensuring that the European industrial base is able to meet future security needs in priority areas. This will translate into many opportunities at the regional level regarding defence technologies, skills and jobs. In cooperation with ERRIN (European Regions…

Call for proposals to develop defence-related skills

The European Commission published today its 2017 “Sector Skills Alliances” call for proposals, with a new Lot 3 dedicated to six pilot sectors: defence, automobile, maritime technology, space, textile and tourism. Falling under the EU’s Erasmus+ instrument, the call is the first Commission action to implement the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills, part of the wider initiative known as…

“DroneDays” 2017 to line up dual use stakeholders, applications & technologies

Belgium will host its third annual “DroneDays” brokerage event in March 2017 to facilitate partnering in Europe’s drone sector. Drones offer vast potential for dual use applications, from safety inspection of infrastructure to environmental and agricultural monitoring to law enforcement and military missions. The event will offer B2B meetings, drone demonstrations and an accompanying exhibit of…

Regions compare dual use cyber strategies

Regional authorities from across Europe gathered in Rennes on 23-24 November for a symposium to compare strategies for promoting dual use innovations in cyber security. Hosted by the Regional Council of Brittany, participants looked into key issues for the development of a dual use strategy, such as links between research, business and education, as well as access by SMEs to large industry and…

DEFENCE ACTION PLAN TO BOOST RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Today the Commission adopted a European Defence Action Plan with concrete measures to support a strong and innovative European defence industry and defence capability priorities agreed by Member States. One of the actions will be to promote co-financing through the European Structural and Investment Funds of defence and dual-use activities in research and innovation, as part of regional/national…

New Space Strategy opens up dual use synergies in the space programmes

The European Commission adopted on 26 October 2016 a new "Space Strategy for Europe" which highlights the importance of reinforcing synergies between civil and security space activities. The strategy underlines that space services can strengthen the EU’s and Member States’ capacity to tackle growing security challenges and improve the monitoring and control of flows which have security and…

First ENDR event on cybersecurity

The first ENDR event will take place in Rennes, France on 23-24 November 2016. The workshop will focus on “Cybersecurity Strategies & Dual use” and will form part of the wider European Cyber Week during 21-25 November. It is co-organised between the Brittany Region and the European Commission.

ENDR website launched

The European Network of Defence-related Regions website is now launched to facilitate the ENDR members – regional authorities and clusters – to share experiences, best practices and news related to their actions and events on dual use. ENDR is a European Commission initiative  funded under the COSME programme. Its introduction phase will run until December 2017. Afterwards, the Commission will…