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First EDA-Commission workshop on the preparatory action for CSDP-related research

 

Brussels - 25 November, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

Almost 100 representatives from Member States, the European Commission and the European Defence Agency (EDA) gathered on 21 November at the Agency premises. As tasked by the December 2013 European Council, they initiated a debate on research related to the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the Preparatory Action in this field, which is expected to be launched in 2017.


This workshop allowed Member States to discuss the overall objective and scope of this future programme. It was co-organised by the Commission, responsible and financially accountable for the launch of the Preparatory Action, and EDA,  bringing its skills and experience in setting up and implementing defence research. “We need to prove that we are able to launch research on a new subject, to build procedures together and to set a common goal”, Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries within the European Commission’s Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, explained. 

Philippe Brunet is the Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries within the European Commission’s Directorate General Enterprise and Industry.


 

A first step

 “Why is it so important to get the Preparatory Action right? Because it is the first step towards a much bigger challenge: the setting-up of a CSDP-related research programme at EU- level” stressed Denis Roger, EDA European Synergies and Innovation director. “What is at stake is the development of a European technological and industrial base with a critical mass on areas we consider important for the development of CSDP-related capabilities”, he added. 

The meeting offered an insight into the lessons learned from an end-user perspective. Commander Ben Falk, in charge of strategic analysis at the EU Military Staff, reminded the audience of the important links that should be maintained between the operational lessons learned at EU-level, the Capability Development Plan – recent update of which was presented by Axel Butenschoen from EDA – and future research initiatives.  

Consensus emerged on the fact that, in order to bring something new, this preparatory action needs to be defence-oriented and to focus on CSDP capabilities, while promoting innovation and European defence industry competitiveness. 

 

On 1 May 2014, Brigadier General (Engineer) Denis Roger was appointed as Director, European Synergies and Innovation (ESI) of the European Defence Agency. 
 

 

Bringing added value

Bryan Wells, from the UK Ministry of Defence, discussed the need to complement national research programmes and to bring a European added-value, while Carmen Rodriguez Augustin, from Spain, underlined that “interests of governments and industry have to be respected and properly covered because the defence sector needs specific rules and provisions”. 

During a keynote intervention, Jan-Olof Lind, chairman of EDA’s research & technology Steering Board, underlined the added value of a programme benefitting from a centralised budget, while insisting on the great innovation potential of a CSDP-focussed initiative.

After a full day of thorough debate on this topic of critical importance for the future of European defence, participants agreed to meet again in February for a new round  of discussions.

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Recherche européenne au cœur du BMPM

 

27 Novembre 2014 Source : Marine nationale

 

Jeudi 27 novembre 2014, à 14h30, le Bataillon de marins-pompiers de Marseille a accueilli l’exercice final du projet E-sponder, projet européen regroupant plusieurs acteurs industriels et universitaires pour la recherche et le développement de services novateurs, à destination des acteurs du secours et des crises d’envergure.

 

Fort de son expertise en matière de feux de navire, le Bataillon a été choisi pour accueillir cet ultime exercice de mise en œuvre du matériel et des outils développés, dans des conditions similaires à celles d’une intervention pour incendie à bord d’un navire.

 

Le projet E-Sponder qu’est-ce que c’est ?

 

Le projet E-SPONDER, cofinancé par la commission européenne à hauteur de 8 millions d’euros, a pour objectif principal de développer une plateforme de services « du futur » pour les opérationnels et les gestionnaires d’une crise d’envergure exceptionnelle, quelle qu’en soit la thématique : attentat, séisme, épidémie, feu important…

 

Les technologies et matériels développés par le consortium de 15 acteurs industriels et universitaires de 8 pays, permettent de collecter des données variées telles que le rythme cardiaque, la géo localisation des acteurs de terrain ou la météo, des images de la zone d’intervention et de les centraliser afin de fournir une synthèse exploitable aux décideurs de différents niveaux.

 

Trois exercices organisés par les utilisateurs potentiels ont étés mis en œuvre pour leur permettre d’éprouver les technologies et matériels développés dans les conditions les plus proches de la réalité et du terrain.

 

Recherche européenne au cœur du BMPM

 

L’expertise « feux de navires » du BMPM au service du dernier exercice de validation du projet

 

La façade maritime marseillaise s’étale sur environ 57 kilomètres, dont 24 kilomètres de calanques, et compte également l’archipel du Frioul ainsi que l’île du Planier.

 

Cet environnement maritime exceptionnel engendre une activité humaine intense : commerce maritime, croisière, activités sportives aquatiques et subaquatiques…

 

Le BMPM, unité de la Maine nationale, fort de son ADN de marin, a donc historiquement développé des compétences et une expertise dans le domaine des interventions nautiques et maritimes et notamment les interventions à bord des navires.

 

Rapidement identifié comme expert national « feux de navires » le BMPM est le seul service d’incendie en France à pouvoir former les cadres pompiers dans ce domaine.

 

C’est donc logiquement que l’équipe projet d’E-Sponder a sollicité l’expertise du BMPM pour tester les matériels développés durant un exercice « feux de navires » au Centre d’Entraînement aux Techniques d’Incendie et de Survie du BMPM (CETIS).

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Jeunes et Défense européenne


15/10/2014  CAJ

 

Une rencontre inédite Organisée par la Commission armées-jeunesse

Mardi 25 novembre 2014 Paris / École militaire

 

La Commission armées-jeunesse organise pour la première fois une rencontre entre la jeunesse, les armées et des acteurs de la construction européenne, le 25 novembre 2014à partir de 13h. Ouverte à tous et gratuite, cette manifestation se tiendra sur le site de l'École militaire.

 

Intitulé « Jeunes et Défense européenne », cet événement a pour but de créer un espace d'information, de rencontre et d'échange sur les questions de défense européenne mais aussi sur l'Union européenne dans les domaines institutionnels, économiques, sociaux et culturels. Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant et venez participer à un parcours interactif déclinés en trois espaces distincts : l'Europe de la diversité, l'Europe de l'unité, l'Europe de l'avenir. Chaque espace sera composé de plusieurs ateliers animés par différents intervenants(1). Vous pourrez aussi assister à deux tables rondes, organisées en parallèle, sur les valeurs des jeunes Européens et l'Europe de la Défense.

Téléchargez (ci-dessous) le programme de la manifestation, ainsi que le formulaire d'inscription que vous enverrez à l'adresse suivante : genevieve.le-gal@intradef.gouv.fr

Attention : l'inscription est obligatoire (pour des raisons de sécurité).

 

(1) Liste des intervenants : Commission européenne, Parlement européen, Eurojust, Europol, Agence spatiale européenne, Centre européen de la consommation, Maison de l'Europe, Agence Erasmus +, Association Civisme Défense Armée Nation (CiDAN), Centre militaire d’observation par satellites (CMOS), École de guerre, Institut d'études de sécurité Union européenne (EUISS), Eurodefense, Service de santé des armées (SSA), Association Initiatives pour une Europe plurilingue, ...

 

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EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle visits EDA

 

Brussels - 06 October, 2014 European Defence Agency

 

On 2 October 2014, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle visited the European Defence Agency. He exchanged views with EDA Chief Executive Claude-France Arnould on Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) as well as EDA support to the defence industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Particular attention has been paid to EDA activities in the field of SMEs, such as facilitated access to EU funds and information about cross-border opportunities. In this respect, Commissioner Füle appreciated the important share of EDA in consolidation of Central and Eastern Europe, namely with regard to the integration into the European Defence and Security System, including the full opening of the Single Market potential to the Central and Eastern European defence industry. As a good example, Commissioner Füle particularly welcomed EDA participation in the International Fair of Defence and Security Technology (IDET) in May 2015 as an important contribution to the dialogue with Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Speaking about the future, Commissioner Füle and Claude-France Arnould both emphasized the need to maintain a close dialogue between EDA and the new European Commission as well as the importance for EDA to play its part in the future EU external policy.

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Lancement de l'initiative européenne Ecsel doté d'un budget de 5 milliards d'euros

 

02 juillet 2014 par  Jacques Marouani - electroniques.biz

 

L’Union européenne investira 1,18 milliard d’euros dans l'initiative technologique conjointe Ecsel.  26 États membres et Etats associés ont fait part de leur intention de consacrer une somme équivalente de 1,17 milliard d’euros. Les partenaires privés y contribueront, quant à eux, à hauteur de plus de 2,34 milliards d’euros.

 

La Commission européenne vient de lancer un partenariat public-privé d'une valeur de 5 milliards d'euros intitulé Ecsel (« Composants et systèmes électroniques pour un leadership européen »), afin de stimuler les capacités de conception et de fabrication européennes en matière d'électronique. Cette initiative est au cœur de la stratégie électronique pour l’Europe dont le but est de mobiliser 100 milliards d’euros en investissements privés et de créer 250000 emplois en Europe d’ici à 2020. En même temps, la Commission a reçu les recommandations finales du groupe des leaders de l’électronique, qui rassemble les Pdg des plus grandes sociétés d’électronique en Europe, pour la mise en œuvre concrète et immédiate de cette stratégie.

 

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RDAF F-16AM, #E-607, armed with AMRAAM and a GBU-12 laser guided bomb [RDAF photo]

RDAF F-16AM, #E-607, armed with AMRAAM and a GBU-12 laser guided bomb [RDAF photo]

Denmark has said the winner in the competition to replace its F-16 fighter jets will be based on the contractor's ability to create jobs and generate subcontracts for Danish firms.

 

Nov. 20, 2013 - By GERARD O’DWYER – Defense News

 

HELSINKI — The Danish government, in a pre-emptive strike aimed at protecting the country’s defense industry against impending European Union (EU) reforms that would phase out the use of offsets, is drafting new legislation that could appease the EU and enable Denmark to retain much of its offset structure for large-scale international military contracts.

 

The legislative action represents a marked reversal in Denmark’s policy, which traditionally demands 100 percent offsets on major military equipment purchases.

 

As recently as August, Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen told US and European bidders for the US $5 billion F-16 fighter replacement program that the selection decision will be based on the number of “jobs created and subcontracts generated” for Danish firms.

 

The Defense Offset Bill, which is being drafted by the Ministry of Business And Growth, will reach the Danish Parliament in February 2014. Denmark wants to negotiate special-case terms with the EU that allow it to retain offsets as a tool to grow the country’s modest-sized defense sector.

 

The bill is based on policy recommendations advanced by the Danish Business Authority, which advises the government on EU and international competition matters. Final amendments to the bill will take place after European heads of state convene for a European Council meeting in Brussels on Dec. 19-20.

 

This meeting will shape the European Commission’s (EC’s) Common Security and Defense Policy, with discussion centered on the implementation of directives that inject greater competitiveness into European defense contracts. Central to this plan is a proposal to phase out the use of offsets as the basis for defense contracts within the EU.

 

The Danish government will need time to formulate amendments that satisfy EU requirements on military offsets. The best-case scenario, said Henrik Sass Larsen, Denmark’s business and growth minister, is that Denmark will be able to create a new legal structure around offsets that conforms to EU competition rules, but does not prevent Denmark from continuing to use offsets, Larsen said.

 

“It is difficult to predict exactly what the outcome will be. Our objective is that we continue to build a strong defense industry in Denmark. It should be noted that some 75 percent of the industry’s output is exported,” Larsen said in an interview. “Offset is critical to growth within the defense industry area. Therefore, we want to continue to have the ability to use offset for military contracts.”

 

The EC has repeatedly criticized Denmark for failing to abolish industrial offsets from its legal framework and military procurement practices.

 

The objectives of the Defense Offset Bill largely reflect industry thinking on the use of offsets as a viable mechanism to channel potentially lucrative sub-contract business from significant defense contracts, won by foreign suppliers, to local defense firms.

 

Industry wants the Danish government to negotiate a solution under which the EU would agree to allow Denmark to operate one set of rules for industrial cooperation agreements to suppliers from the EU together with a separate system for suppliers from non-EU countries.

 

The industry view, said Tomas Ilsøe Andersen, a partner at the Copenhagen-based law firm Kammeradvokaten Poul Schmith, is that a dual-track solution is feasible and would compel Denmark to conform to the EU’s planned internal restrictions on offset while continuing to use offset for large-scale contracts with non-EU suppliers.

 

“Certain large acquisitions, which may span 30 to 40 years in terms of the operation of military equipment, have significant security implications for a small country like Denmark. This is very much about maintaining a national industry which can ensure retention of Danish know-how and technical support skills. This is needed in a world where the balance of power, and alliances, can change quickly,” Andersen said.

 

Denmark, he added, can argue its case based on sovereignty and national security policies that are reliant on a defense strategy that not only includes industrial offsets, but which uses offsets to protect the nation’s ability to retain skills and military assets integral to national defense.

 

The Danish government will present its legal case for a restructured offset policy when it meets with EU heads of state in December.

 

The EC should treat smaller EU nations, such as Denmark, as special cases when it comes to industrial military offset practices, said Frank Bill, the director of Denmark’s Defense and Security Industries Association.

 

“In real world terms we cannot really talk about a European defense market. Between 80 and 90 percent, in value, of all procurement contracts within the EU are placed nationally,” Bill said in an interview. “The acquisitions of small nations are irrelevant to the European market as a whole in this context. The government must insist that Denmark be allowed to determine its own defense and security policies.”

 

Previous offset deals, such as Denmark’s acquisition of F-16s in the 1980s, had a positive impact on growing Denmark’s defense industry, Bill said. Adding an offset dimension to the re-started fighter replacement program is essential to further growing this base, he added.

 

Denmark will need to negotiate an offset deal with the EU on the basis of “realistic expectations,” said Lars Barfoed, the Danish Conservative party’s chairman.

 

“The European Commission is determined to build on its directives on defense procurement and transfers and phase-out offsets. The general objective here is to strengthen the efficiency and competitiveness of the defense and security sectors in Europe,” Barfoed told Defense News. “In the area of procurement, the EC is establishing a market monitoring mechanism. A lot is happening, and will happen. Denmark must be smart and persuasive in negotiating the best deal within these confines.”

 

Denmark will be lucky to extract any concessions covering the retention of offset rights from the EU, said Martin Trybus, professor of European Law and Policy at the University of Birmingham.

 

“I can’t imagine that the EU Commission will accept counter-trade as part of the Danish acquisition of new aircraft,” Trybus said. “I do not see what arguments Denmark can field that will justify counter-trade under the new rules.”

 

Danish negotiations with the EU will likely focus on the retention of offsets for non-EU third market deals, said Pietr Wauters, a Brussels-based political analyst.

 

“It’s not that the Danes do not accept that offset is inefficient and adds to the final cost of procurement; they do. The issue here is protecting a native defense sector that continues to benefit from offset-based orders,” Wauters said. “It can expect some degree of EU support to retain offset for third markets as any concessions here will only have a marginal impact on Europe’s defense industrial base. The EC is well aware that offset is a common feature of defense equipment deals in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.”

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Appel à candidatures du Prix européen "Civisme, Sécurité et Défense" 2013 – CIDAN

11.09.2013 Commission Européenne

 

L'Association Civisme Défense Armée Nation (Cidan) lance un appel à candidatures pour le prix européen "Civisme, Sécurité et Défense". Ce prix est destiné à récompenser des actions particulièrement remarquables en faveur du développement du civisme européen, ainsi que de la "Conscience européenne de sécurité et de défense".

 

Appel à candidatures du Prix européen "Civisme, Sécurité et Défense" 2013 pdf - 142 KB [142 KB] – CIDAN

 

Communiqué de presse Plaquette édition juillet 2013 pdf - 226 KB [226 KB]

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