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9 décembre 2015 3 09 /12 /décembre /2015 08:50
EDA and Ukraine sign administrative arrangement

Picture credit: The European Union; From left to right: Mr Stepan POLTORAK, Minister of Defence of Ukraine; Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Mr Jorge DOMECQ, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency.

 

Brussels - 07 December, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

Federica Mogherini, in her capacity as Head of the European Defence Agency, and Stepan Poltorak, Minister of Defence of Ukraine signed today an Administrative Arrangement between the EDA and the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.

 

The conclusion of the Administrative Arrangement follows a mandate provided by the EDA Steering Board on 3 December 2015. The European Council approved the Administrative Arrangement on 30 November 2015.

The Administrative Arrangement formalises the relationship between EDA and the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, enabling Ukraine’s potential participation in EDA’s military-technological projects and programmes. Cooperative areas remain to be further defined but initial identified areas are standardisation, training, logistics and Single European Sky.

 

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Discussion on defence cooperation in European Parliament

 

Brussels - 03 December, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

This week, Chief Executive Jorge Domecq updated the European Parliament’s security and defence subcommittee on the outcome of the recent EDA Ministerial Steering Board, the current security situation, the future of the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Global Strategy.

 

Against the background of the atrocious terrorist attacks in Paris, Mr. Domecq emphasised the need to further develop European defence integration, “We need the right capabilities, a sound European armament policy supporting our defence industries, enhanced civil-military synergies and EU-NATO relations to make a quantum leap.”

In his update, Mr. Domecq stressed that the upcoming Global Strategy as well as the European Commission’s European Defence Action Plan were opportunities to address crucial elements for defence cooperation, the development of capabilities as well as strengthening of the European Defence and Industry Technological Base to safeguard Europe’s strategic autonomy.

Mr. Domecq also briefed Members of Parliament on the progress of the four capability programmes (air-to-air refuelling, cyber defence, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and governmental satellite communications) as well as on future cooperative programmes recently approved by Ministers of Defence (deployable bio-laboratory, Medevac and anti-tank weapons).

Other initiatives in which the Agency has made progress in recent months include incentives for defence cooperation and mainly the VAT exemption for EDA projects, barter mechanisms, hybrid warfare. The Agency continues to working closely with the European Commission on the Preparatory Action on defence-related research as well as on facilitating access to EU instruments and funds for European companies working on dual-use technologies. Chief Executive Domecq also gave an update on the Agency’s work on wider EU policies and mainly on SES/SESAR, REACH and Energy.

He concluded his intervention by discussing the future role and direction of the Agency. The EDA is at the service of Member States and he insisted that there are five areas where Member States could and should make greater use of the Agency: 1) to use the Capability Development Plan as a real tool for defence planning, 2) systematic use of enablers, 3) the Preparatory Action on CSDP-related research should be the catalyst for greater engagement in cooperative defence R&T, 4) systematic harnessing of civil-military synergies, 5) using the EDA to make better use of available EU funding.

 

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VAT Exemption: New Incentive for Defence Cooperation

 

Brussels - 04 November, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Member States can as of now profit from VAT exemption for projects run by the European Defence Agency (EDA). The recently adopted revised Council Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the EDA includes the clause that cooperative defence projects and programmes are exempt from VAT as long as the Agency adds value to the initiative. 

 

The VAT exemption is a strong incentive to European defence cooperation: it generates an attractive business case for cooperative projects and programmes in the framework of the EDA. We will soon propose roadmaps for potential future cooperative programmes for which Member States will be able to benefit from the VAT exemption and thus achieve considerable savings”, comments Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency.

With the entering into force of the revised Council Decision on 13 October, the new provision can be applied immediately for any new EDA initiative meeting the Decision’s conditions. VAT exemption is not linked to the nature of the activity. It can thus be applied to any project and programme where the Agency adds value ranging from technical expertise, pooling demand, building a multinational capability or synergies with EU wider policies, promoting interoperability to full administrative and contractual management of a cooperative initiative. Member States are and remain the end-users of the capability. 

 

Concrete savings

While the VAT exemption should not be the driver for defence cooperation, tight defence budgets limit investment in research, innovation and capabilities. Any breathing space is appreciated. By incentivising defence cooperation financially, we will be able to do more and better together”, says Jorge Domecq.

One of the projects the VAT exemption will be immediately applied to is the EU SatCom Market, an EDA project where the Agency provides for satellite communication services for currently eleven Member States and the Athena mechanism. The EDA is responsible for procurement and contract tasks, manages orders as well as payments and provides technical advice as needed and thus adds clear technical and administrative value to the project. As a consequence, each order – which comes from Member States individually or by groups – benefits from VAT exemption. 

One Member State has for example recently submitted an order of about 1.3 million Euros for one year of services. Due to the VAT exemption, this Member State will not have to pay VAT for a corresponding value of 273 thousand Euros which represents about three months of free services.

 

Legal basis

The Council Decision defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the EDA (Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835) was adopted by the Foreign Affairs Council on 12 October 2015. It foresees that VAT exemption applies to activities where the role of the Agency in administering projects or programmes in support of Member States brings an added value. 

The legal basis for VAT exemption are Protocol No 7 of the EU Treaties on the privileges and immunities of the European Union and Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 on the common system of value added tax.

The VAT exemption is compliant with EU law; and is not market distorting.

 

Background

The European Defence Agency was set-up in 2004 to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the European Union’s defence capabilities for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). This means running and supporting cooperative European defence projects; supporting research and technology development; boosting the European defence technological and industrial base; and working on wider EU policies.

 

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A strategy as a driving force: discussions on European defence

 

Brussels - 15 October, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

In the context of the ongoing discussions on the future shape of the European defence, especially the upcoming EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, Jorge Domecq, the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) participated in the experts’ seminar “European Strategy, European Defence and the CSDP” on 14 October 2015 to share his thoughtful insights from the Agency’s perspective.

 

The seminar was organised by the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, the Royal Higher Institute for Defence, and the Egmont – Royal Institute for International Relations, with support of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU. The welcome speeches were delivered by the Ambassador Alain Le Roy, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service and Prof. Dr Sven Biscop from the Egmont. 

The future EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy, which the European Council mandated Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to draft by June 2016, served as a starting point for the debate. The seminar’s agenda was built around political and military aspects of Europe’s responsibilities as a security provider, along with the implications for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). 

The three panels devoted to these themes gave way to fruitful discussions. Jorge Domecq, the EDA Chief Executive, participated in the third panel, which focused on the strategy’s consequences for defence planning, capability development, increased multinational cooperation and integration, specifically through the CSDP. “The Global Strategy will be a starting point: it should be a driver for a full range of activities, including for European defence,” said Jorge Domecq. The EDA Chief Executive justified the need for a follow-on document, which would complement the global strategy and enable to translate political objectives into military ones, viewed as long-term commitments. Moreover, Jorge Domecq drew attention to the necessity of bringing more coherence to the EU toolbox. At this point, he emphasised the Agency’s role: “The EDA has a unique expertise, know-how and legitimacy. It ensures that Ministries of Defence’s views are fully taken into account. We need to streamline our instruments and maximise the impact on defence.” 

Jorge Domecq also touched upon the EU relations with NATO in the context of the new global strategy: “Europe should not become a follower, nor a free-rider. I have been touring across Europe, I am meeting US senior officials as well as NATO officials. The message I get is: there will be no relevant NATO without a relevant Europe. The drafting of such a document on Defence embodying a real defence commitment would, as such, be a sign of reassurance.” 

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Jorge Domecq meets Spanish Minister of Defence

 

Madrid - 08 October, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

On 7 October, EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq met with Pedro Morenés, Spanish Minister of Defence, to exchange views on cooperation opportunities and assess ways to enhance Spain’s involvement in EDA projects. Mr Domecq also visited the EU Satellite Centre for discussions with Director Pascal Legai.

 

Jorge Domecq and Pedro Morenés had a fruitful exchange of views, especially on different aspects of military aviation and space initiatives currently covered by the Agency. Other topics discussed were the European Tactical Airlift Centre in Zaragoza (this centre will be established in the framework of the Agency’s air transport programme by 2016), EDA's key programme on Government Satellite Communications (GovSatCom) which is led by Spain and other areas of EDA's work such as on Research and Technology. Discussions also covered broader aspects with focus on EDA's role to ensure civil/military synergies aiming to achieve efficiencies, in line with June 2015 Heads of State and Government tasks. Mr Domecq also met with the the Spanish Secretary of State of Defence, the Spanish Deputy Chief of Air Force, as well as the National Armaments Director.

The visit to Madrid also gave occasion to enhance cooperation between the EDA and the European Union Satellite Centre (EU SatCen). Jorge Domecq and Pascal Legai agreed that common challenges in operations should be explored through EDA's expertise on capability development, for example as regards earth observation, on the grounds of the complementary roles of the two agencies. Other topics of discussion were cooperation in space surveillance and tracking, maritime and border surveillance as well as cyber.

 

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EDA hosts SES/SESAR Military Implementation Forum

 

Brussels - 25 September, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

On 22 September, the European Defence Agency (EDA) hosted the 7th edition of the SES/SESAR Military Implementation Forum, bringing together the top management of the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Eurocontrol, the SESAR Joint Undertaking, the SESAR Deployment Manager, NATO and of the defence community. They addressed the following challenges: What is the foreseeable evolution of military aviation and airspace usage over the next two decades? How to accommodate the military vision in the aviation regulatory and operational environment? How are military interests taken into account in SESAR? 

 

Jorge Domecq, the Chief Executive of the EDA, underlined that SES/SESAR is one of his top priorities: “EDA’s role is twofold: first, bridging the military with the Commission and EASA; second, developing incentives and solutions to engage the military. Let me also insist on the close cooperation with NATO on this issue.” 

The following issues have been in particular highlighted during the discussion: on the regulatory part, EASA would actively interact with the military. Given there is a clear trend towards digitalisation and connectivity, cyber-security should be at the heart of the community's attention.  Through a total aviation approach, aviation related issues should be embraced in a systematic and consistent manner.

 

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Exploring hybrid threats

 

Brussels - 25 September, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

The European External Action Service (EEAS), in the framework of the Luxembourg Presidency and in cooperation with the European Military Staff and Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, organised a conference on Countering Hybrid Threats, held on 24 September 2015. Jorge Domecq, the European Defence Agency (EDA) Chief Executive was among the keynote speakers to present the EDA work and priorities regarding tackling hybrid threats. 

 

The opening remarks were delivered by HE Ambassador Stephan Müller, the Luxembourg Representative to the Political and Security Committee (PSC), whereas the keynote speeches were presented by Mr Maciej Popowski, the EEAS Deputy Secretary General, Jorge Domecq, the EDA Chief Executive, and a representative of the Space, Policy, Copernicus and Defence Diractorate of the European Commission.

“One thing is certain, hybrid warfare poses a significant challenge to the EU, its citizens and its interests, and time is of the essence to develop a joint approach to effectively tackle hybrid threats,” said Jorge Domecq and presented three main areas the EDA activities are currently focused on. In particular, Jorge Domecq indicated capability development, civil-military synergies and EU-NATO relations. The EDA Chief Executive announced the upcoming EDA-led war-gaming exercise in February 2016 that shall stress-test available defence capabilities against hybrid threats. “The aim is not to re-invent and come up with a set of new capabilities, instead, the exercise will allow us to see where extra attention is needed and how the capability that exists should be used,” he explained. Moreover, Jorge Domecq underlined the necessity of dual use within Research & Technology domain to avoid “spending twice”, thus to enhance civil-military synergy. Additionally, he emphasised the EU-NATO complementary approach in both directions regarding countering hybrid threats, claiming that this is “not an option, but an absolute need”.

Jorge Domecq’s speech, along with the two other keynote presentations, provided solid grounds for fruitful discussions continued in three panels, which were devoted to various aspects of facing hybrid threats. Among a number of topics raised, the conference participants dwelled upon identifying vulnerabilities hybrid warfare makes use of, shaping awareness of hybrid threats, resilience and deterrence against possible threats, aspects of information sharing  or EU-NATO cooperation. As a matter of fact, Roland van Reybroeck, the EDA Director Cooperation Planning and Support was a speaker of the third panel discussion and talked about building resilience.

Beyond achieving better understanding on hybrid threats, the discussions held at the conference will contribute to the ongoing works on the Joint Framework on Hybrid Warfare that shall be prepared by EEAS by the end of December, together with the Commission and EDA. “If Europe succeeds in offering a credible answer to hybrid treats, it will certainly enable us to make a very meaningful contribution to the security view, becoming a relevant partner and a security provider rather than a security consumer,” said Jorge Domecq, the EDA Chief Executive.

 

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"Il faut absolument avancer dans la coopération entre Européens" (Jorge Domecq, Agence européenne de défense)

"Toutes les possibilités d'établir des programmes en coopération sont le seul moyen d'intégrer l'industrie de la défense en Europe", estime le directeur exécutif de l'Agence européenne de défense, Jorge Domecq

 

14/09/2015 par Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Lors de l'Université d'été de la défense, qui se tient le 14 et 15 septembre à Strasbourg, le directeur exécutif de l'Agence européenne de défense, Jorge Domecq, appellera à une consolidation de l'industrie de la défense en Europe. Sinon, explique-t-il, "elle perdra des capacités industrielles et technologiques dans les cinq à dix ans".

 

Quelle est votre ambition pour l'Agence de défense européenne (AED)?
Depuis que je suis arrivé à la tête de l'AED, j'ai établi des priorités dans des domaines où je pense que l'Agence peut aider à bâtir une Europe de la défense, qui est inscrite dans le Traité de Lisbonne. Nous devons disposer d'instruments au sein de l'Agence pour atteindre cet objectif. J'ai donc soumis aux ministres de la Défense des pays membres un plan de travail en trois volets pour ne pas disperser les efforts de l'AED : soutenir les efforts des Etats membres dans le développement de capacités structurantes, par exemple dans la mise en place d'un programme de drone de surveillance européen ; contribuer au renforcement de la base industrielle de défense en Europe notamment à travers la Recherche et technologie, être le relais des intérêts de la communauté défense dans les enceintes européennes. Nous ne sommes qu'une petite agence de 125 personnes. Mon action, et donc mon ambition, dépend uniquement de la volonté des Etats membres. Ce sont souvent des questions de souveraineté nationale que nous traitons. Nous ne pouvons avancer qu'avec l'accord des Etats.

 

Quel bilan tirez-vous du sommet européen du 25 et 26 juin?
Il était important que l'Europe se rende compte qu'elle n'a plus de temps à perdre sur les questions de défense. Chaque année qui passe, se pose effectivement la question du poids de l'industrie de la défense européenne. Pourquoi ? Pour être un contributeur à un monde plus stable et un monde en paix, l'Europe doit disposer de capacités opérationnelles et donc d'une base industrielle et technologique robuste . Je voudrais insister sur un élément très important de ce sommet: l'action préparatoire en matière de recherche. La Commission Européenne, en étroite concertation avec l'Agence européenne de la défense, planifie son prochain cycle de financement de projets en recherche et développement incluant - pour la première fois - des possibilités de financement pour la recherche et technologie dans le domaine de la défense. Il s'agit d'une avancée majeure, tant pour les ministères de la défense que pour la Commission européenne. Nous commencerons des 2016 avec des projets-pilotes.

 

Quelles sont vos trois priorités?
Premièrement l'Agence doit se concentrer sur le développement de capacités pour la défense européenne. Et nous voulons développer des programmes en coopération structurants d'un point de vue opérationnel et industriel à la fois pour les grands et les petits pays. Par exemple, dans la lutte contre la menace initiée par les mini-drones. Sur le plan opérationnel, nous devons aider les armées européennes à disposer de capacités leur permettant d'agir ensemble si les pays le souhaitent. Sur le plan industriel, nous devons pousser à une intégration progressive des industries de défense. L'offre capacitaire est aujourd'hui trop fragmentée en Europe. Il faut harmoniser dès le départ les décisions portant sur les besoins militaires des ministères de la Défense. Cela donnerait d'abord de la visibilité aux industriels et pourrait contribuer à une intégration au moment du lancement de la production.

 

Sinon?
Si l'Europe perd ces capacités industrielles et technologiques dans les cinq à dix 10 ans à venir, alors son poids, comme partenaire pour d'autres pays, y compris pour nos alliés, va faiblir. L'Europe deviendra alors un contributeur secondaire. Nous avons donc besoin d'avancer dans les domaines capacitaires et d'avancer vers une plus grande intégration de l'industrie pour qu'elle soit plus compétitive et qu'elle dispose d'un poids technologique à la hauteur des futurs besoins de la défense européenne.

 

Peut-être pouvez-vous influer sur les priorités concernant la recherche?
C'est effectivement notre deuxième priorité. Comme l'Agence n'a ni la taille, ni les instruments régulatoires ni financiers adaptés pour mettre en route une politique industrielle commune à l'Europe, nous avons la possibilité de créer un réseau d'experts pour stimuler la recherche et de consolider les besoins de nos forces armées. C'est précisément dans les activités de recherches et d'innovations que nous pouvons arriver à une harmonisation. La politique de soutien aux PME dans le domaine de la recherche et l'innovation est aussi très importante pour essayer d'intégrer l'industrie européenne de la défense. En général, l'AED doit servir d'outil pour soutenir l'industrie européenne de la défense qui pourrait être confrontée d'ici à quelques années à de graves problèmes.

 

Quels sont les thèmes de recherche que l'AED souhaite développer?
Pour l'AED, il est fondamental que les efforts dans le domaine de la recherche répondent bien sûr à des améliorations technologiques. Mais ce qui est plus important, nous devons concentrer l'élan de notre industrie sur des priorités capacitaires au niveau européen. Un plan de travail, le Plan de développement des capacités (Capability Development Plan), a été adopté par les ministres de la Défense en novembre 2014. Ce sera notre guide pour les efforts dans le domaine de la recherche et des futurs programmes menés en coopération, que ce soit sur une base multilatérale, ou dans le cadre de l'AED.

 

Et votre troisième priorité?
Nous devons nous assurer que les politiques générales mises en place par l'Union européenne dans différents domaines n'ont pas d'impact sur les politiques de défense. Par exemple, le programme européen « Ciel ouvert » avec son pilier technologique SESAR a un impact important sur les capacités des forces aériennes européennes, qui disposent in fine de la plus grande flotte européenne. En Europe, il y a 150.000 vols militaires par an effectués par plus de 9.500 avions. L'AED a été désignée par les ministères de la défense pour représenter les intérêts militaires auprès de la Commission européenne. Nous jouons un peu le rôle de sentinelle de la défense dans les politiques européennes en général. En même temps, l'Agence travaille sur des projets qui vont permettre aux forces aériennes d'accéder à des financements de l'Union européenne pour intégrer des adaptations technologiques sur tous les appareils de contrôle de l'espace aérien dans les années à venir.

 

L'Europe ne devrait-elle pas avoir une défense commune, les menaces étant en grande partie communes à tous les pays européens?
Absolument. Les menaces actuelles au sud et à l'est de l'Europe impliquent une mise en commun des moyens européens. Mais pas seulement. Avec la crise économique actuelle, le mot d'ordre doit être la coopération dans le secteur de la défense. Cela devrait être un must. Au contraire, aujourd'hui seulement 8% des dépenses R&T de défense en Europe sont consacrés à des programmes en coopération. Il faut absolument avancer dans la coopération entre Européens. Mais peut-être pas à 28 sur tous les dossiers. Nous n'avons plus le choix même si nous retardons encore les décisions. Les pays européens doivent dépenser plus efficacement qu'aujourd'hui leurs ressources dédiées à la défense. Par exemple, l'Europe ne peut pas dépenser la moitié de l'argent que les États-Unis mettent chaque année dans la défense et n'obtenir que 15% de leurs résultats en terme de restitution opérationnelle.

 

Quelles économies pourraient faire les ministères de la Défense?
On peut se demander si effectivement il est raisonnable que les ministères de la Défense consacrent 50% des dépenses de défense en Europe aux salaires des personnels au moment où les Etats réinvestissent dans leurs capacités de défense. Déjà 16 pays de l'OTAN, dont douze pays de l'Union européenne, ont décidé d'augmenter leurs dépenses de défense C'est très important que des pays arrêtent de couper leurs dépenses de défense. Il faut que cet argent soit dépensé de façon plus efficace. Notamment qu'il bénéficie à des efforts de recherche menés en commun, ou à des programmes en coopération dans le domaine de l'armement.

 

Mais les programmes en coopération coûtent en général plus cher que les programmes nationaux...
... Pas dans tous les cas. Il est clair que nous avons eu des mauvaises expériences dans le domaine de la coopération dans le passé. Tout le monde a en tête des programmes qui ont coûté beaucoup plus cher qu'initialement prévu, y compris parce que la l'architecture mise en place pour mener à bien ces programmes n'était pas appropriée ; et aussi parce que les Etats ne sont pas parvenus à harmoniser leurs spécifications. C'est le cas sur l'hélicoptère de transport, le NH90. Mais il faut se demander si c'est raisonnable et soutenable de maintenir encore 14 types de chars de combat et 19 véhicules blindés en Europe. La coopération est vraiment nécessaire.

 

Comment pouvez-vous réduire les surcoûts des programmes en coopération?
Le travail de l'Agence est d'identifier les besoins capacitaires très tôt et de tenter rallier le plus grand nombre de pays sur un programme avant même que la chaine de décision au niveau national commence à bouger. Dès qu'il y a des intérêts nationaux et industriels, il est beaucoup plus difficile de faire travailler ensemble des pays sur un programme. C'est pour cela que qu'il est très important de commencer à faire bouger les lignes avec la recherche. Nous devons absolument faire ce travail sur les lacunes capacitaires européennes déjà identifiées.

 

Et concrètement? 
Sur les futurs programmes en coopération, nous devons agir différemment. Premièrement, nous devons harmoniser les besoins militaires très tôt et, ensuite, laisser l'industrie exécuter le programme sans aucune intervention des Etats. Deuxièmement, il faut absolument réduire les temps de prise de décision dans les pays membres. Cela prend trop longtemps et, parfois, les capacités arrivent en retard. Ce sont deux axes de travail sur lesquels l'Agence va se concentrer. Nous devons nous inspirer des industries les plus novatrices dans le domaine civil.

 

L'AED pourrait-elle lancer le futur système aérien de combat piloté ou pas?
Cela pourrait être un programme structurant. En tout cas, l'Agence est là si les pays membres souhaitent profiter de ce cadre. D'autant que l'Agence agit à la carte. Il n'y a aucun problème de lancer un programme avec deux pays ou plusieurs. Nous travaillons à la mise en place d'incitations fiscales pour favoriser les coopérations. C'est également un axe de travail très important.

 

Quel est le niveau d'adhésion des pays européens à une Europe de la Défense ? Existe-t-il vraiment une adhésion collective, notamment des pays appartenant à l'OTAN?
J'aimerais que les Etats membres utilisent plus l'Agence qu'ils ne l'utilisent aujourd'hui. Il faut avancer à la carte. L'AED a le potentiel pour faire plus en matière d'Europe de la défense mais il faut que les Etats viennent à l'Agence avec des programmes qu'ils veulent mener en coopération. Et cela ne concerne pas seulement les pays appartenant à l'OTAN. Car des pays qui ont foi en l'Europe de la défense n'utilisent pas l'Agence au maximum. J'aimerais que cela change.

 

Même le concept de "pooling and sharing" n'a pas véritablement explosé...
... L'idée de "pooling sharing" est encore là. Mais ce concept est arrivé au moment où les budgets de défense étaient réduits. En réaction, les pays ont renationalisé leur approche de la défense pour sauver des emplois. Mais nous avons eu des réalisations intéressantes dans le domaine de l'entrainement par exemple. Même les pays les plus eurosceptiques participent à des programmes dans le domaine des hélicoptères, des avions de transport. Des programmes qui représentent une vraie possibilité pour mieux utiliser les moyens réduits dont l'Europe dispose.

 

En clair, vous défendez une politique des petits pas.
Peut-être mais cette initiative va déboucher dans deux ou trois ans sur la création de groupes d'utilisateurs (« users groups »). Des pays, qui ont une même capacité, pourraient décider de se regrouper en matière d'appui logistique, d'entretien, de pièces détachées. Ce qui leurs ferait faire des économies. C'est le futur pour beaucoup de pays. Et je crois, même si c'est une question très sensible, à une spécialisation du travail dans le domaine de la défense. De facto, cela est déjà en train de se produire. Il y a beaucoup de taches que des pays ne peuvent plus se permettre de continuer à faire. Par exemple, des pays n'ont plus de capacités dans la lutte contre les mines. Ils confient cette mission à un autre partenaire ou à un allié. Cette division du travail existe déjà dans les pays du Benelux.

 

Et que pensez-vous des pays qui achètent du matériel américain?
J'ai un message pour ces Etats. Dans les pays qui sont en train d'augmenter leurs dépenses de défense, je souligne la responsabilité des gouvernements dans le processus d'intégration de leur industrie dans l'industrie européenne de défense. Ils ont la possibilité avec les systèmes de défense du futur d'établir une base technologique dans leur pays. J'attends qu'ils prennent une décision dans ce sens. C'est à eux de décider quel est le meilleur chemin pour disposer à l'avenir d'une base industrielle dans leur pays.

 

Prenons l'exemple de la Pologne qui a le choix d'acheter du matériel américain ou de profiter d'offres de transferts de technologies importants de la part de l'industrie européenne.
Au-delà de ces achats de court terme, je pense que le point le plus important, dans le cas de la Pologne ou d'autres pays, est d'identifier des programmes de coopération pour produire les prochains systèmes dont nous aurons besoin. Il faut commencer maintenant car les systèmes dont les militaires vont avoir besoin devront livrer dans cinq à dix ans. La Pologne doit prendre ces décisions maintenant. Par exemple, nous devons penser à produire la troisième génération de chars de combat en Europe. Faisons-le ensemble et pas chacun dans son coin.

 

Justement le rapprochement entre Nexter et Krauss-Maffei Wegmann n'est-elle pas une bonne base de travail?
Toutes les possibilités d'établir des programmes en coopération sont le seul moyen d'intégrer l'industrie de la défense en Europe.

 

Vous avez beaucoup évoqué une intégration industrielle européenne. Pourquoi ne pas consolider l'AED, l'OCCAR et la NSPA (Nato Support and Procurement Agency)?
La défense est un domaine très complexe... Et chaque pays a ses arrière-pensées et ses difficultés théologiques qu'il faut respecter. Il faut jouer avec les équipes que l'on a.

 

Mais mettre la préparation de l'avenir, l'exécution des programmes et leur entretien ne serait-il pas logique?
Bien sûr mais la logique politique n'a pas toujours l'obligation de suivre la logique matérielle.

 

Aujourd'hui comment l'AED et l'OCCAR coopèrent?
La relation est très bonne. Nous avons les idées très claires sur ce que nous devons faire à l'AED et à l'OCCAR. Et je peux vous citer un exemple - l'acquisition d'une flotte d'avions ravitailleurs pour la Pologne, les Pays-Bas et la Norvège - où notre coopération a été efficace. L'AED a déterminé les besoins militaires et le business case. Puis l'OCCAR va s'occuper de la procédure d'achat des avions. Et enfin, l'entretien des appareils sera confié à une agence de l'OTAN, la Nato Support and procurement agency (NSPA). Dans ce cas, il y a eu une division du travail. Par ailleurs, l'AED travaille à convaincre d'autres pays à se joindre à ce programme. D'ici à la fin de l'année, au moins deux autres pays devraient rejoindre le programme.

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Vienna - 23 July, 2015 by EU Defence Agency
 

EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq met today with Gerald Klug, Austrian Minister of Defence and Sports, to exchange views on cooperation opportunities and Austria’s involvement in EDA projects. 

 

The European Defence Agency plays a significant role in the further development of the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy. All Member States benefit from the Agency’s coordinating role in various defence matters such as capability development or the promotion of defence-related research and technology. Austria participates in numerous projects of the European Defence Agency to help reduce EU military shortfalls and enhance the EU’s defence cooperation. The added value for Austria especially lies in the transfer of know-how”, said Minister of Defence Gerald Klug.

Austria is an active member of the European Defence Agency, with the country being involved in activities as diverse as European Air Transport Fleet exercises and events, the European Armements Cooperation Course or the successful collaborative work carried out in the field of Counter-IED”, EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq stated after the visit. “We also welcome Austria’s participation in our Cyber Defence workstrand”, he added. 

The visit in Austria is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive at the beginning of 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus and Finland, Sweden, Italy and Slovakia.

 

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Brussels - 30 June, 2015 by European Defence Agency



Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA), and Massimo Garbini, Managing Director of the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Its purpose is to establish efficient cooperation and support between the two organisations with regard to SESAR deployment.

 

“Europe’s military fleets include some 9,500 diverse aircraft accounting for more than 150,000 flights each year. In other words, they form the single biggest ‘airline’ operating in Europe today. The challenges of the Single European Sky programme and the modernisation of European air traffic management are manifold. However, it is the role of the EDA to ensure that the European air forces will continue to have free and safe access to European airspace for training purposes, air-policing, as well as air defence missions. The financial and technological impacts of the programme need to be mitigated to ensure that they do not adversely affect European defence capabilities. Only through constructive cooperation between military and civil stakeholders, our shared vision of an efficient, safe and flexible European airspace can be realised. It is in this spirit that we sign the Memorandum of Understanding today”, said Jorge Domecq at the signature ceremony. 

Massimo Garbini, “This MoU reflects the kind of relationship we aim for with all stakeholders. Only through efficient cooperation and mutual support between both civil and military stakeholders, we can deliver the modernisation of European Air Traffic Management technology together.”

 

Memorandum of Understanding

The scope of the MoU covers the SESAR deployment of sets of functionalities in accordance with the relevant regulations1. The EDA and SDM will work together to support the Member States in translating the regulation into projects to be deployed nationally with financial support from the EU. The EDA will ensure that military viewpoints and needs are captured in the SESAR Deployment Programme and support the bidding and execution processes of the projects. At the same time, the Deployment Manager will coordinate with the military through the EDA to avoid any adverse impact on national and collective defence capabilities. This involves inter alia enabling and exploiting military contributions as well as optimising the use of expertise and avoiding duplications. The EDA and SDM also agree to put in place effective coordination procedures to ensure efficient synchronisation and the timely exchange of relevant information. A Steering Committee will be set up to ensure the effective functioning of the Memorandum.

 

Single European Sky ATM Research

The Single European Sky (SES) aims at realising the optimisation of the airspace organisation and management in Europe through a combination of technological, economic, and regulatory efforts. SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) is the technical pillar of this. SESAR involves developing a new ATM system to handle more traffic with greater safety and at a lower cost. Its new technologies and procedures will also seek to reduce the environmental impact of flying. The resulting efforts will be deployed in a synchronised manner involving all stakeholders, civil and military.

 

About SESAR Deployment Manager

SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) is the industrial partnership that synchronises and coordinates the modernisation of Europe’s air traffic management system under the political oversight of the European Commission. The main task of the SESAR Deployment Manager is to develop, submit to the European Commission for its approval and execute the Deployment Programme, a project view strictly drawn from the Pilot Common Project (PCP) set by Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014, as well as any subsequent Common Projects in future regulations. Through the Deployment Programme, the SESAR Deployment Manager will ensure efficient synchronisation and coordination of implementation projects required to implement the PCP, as well as the related investments. The tasks of the Deployment Manager are described in Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.

 

Role of the EDA

In order to ensure that the effects on military aviation are understood and taken into account, Member States entrusted EDA with the task of facilitating the coordination of military views from and in support of Member States and relevant military organisations and to inform military planning mechanisms of the requirements stemming from SESAR deployment. In 2014, EDA established a dedicated SESAR Cell to ensure that the military views and requirements are taken into account in the implementation of SESAR.

 

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Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 409/2013 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 716/2014

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Commissioner Christos Stylianides visits EDA

 

Brussels - 30 June, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides visited the European Defence Agency today to exchange views and cooperation opportunities with EDA staff and top management.

 

The Commissioner started his visit with a meeting with EDA Chief Executive as well as the Agency’s top management, with whom he exchanged views on the EDA’s way of working, especially its role of interface with wider EU policies, as well as on current workstrands that might contribute to support Humanitarian missions and initiatives.

After the meeting, Commissioner Stylianides met with EDA project officers who briefed him on some of the Agency’s ongoing initiatives in the field of operations support, satellite communications or medical. Current EDA projects focusing on maritime surveillance, personnel recovery or airlift support to humanitarian missions were also discussed.

A lot of activities and projects developed under the framework of the Agency have a potential dual-use role, and thus can be as useful in humanitarian missions as they are in high-intensity conflicts”, EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq commented during the visit. “As part of our close cooperation with the European Commission we stand ready to provide support  in areas of dual-use capabilities and dual-use research, while at the same time enhancing the pooling and sharing of capabilities”, he added.

 

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  • Link to Commissioner Christos Stylianides' website
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EDA Chief Executive attends EATT 15 training in Portugal

 

Beja, Portugal - 25 June, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq travelled to Portugal yesterday to attend a Distinguished Visitors Day held during this year’s edition of the European Air Transport Training (EATT), a multinational training event gathering 15 military transport aircraft from 11 different European nations: Belgium, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

 

Initiated by EDA, run by the European Air Transport Command and hosted by Portugal, EATT 15 takes place in Beja from 14 to 26 June. The EATT series of events aims to pool resources and share knowledge in order to develop comprehensive airlift training opportunities in Europe. Activities are based on national requirements and are designed to make the best use of multinational training opportunities.

Exercises organised under the framework of the European Air Transport Fleet (EATF) keep proving their value over the years, with an increasing number of Member States and aircraft types taking part – for instance, we have six of the eight European military air transport aircraft types participating in EATT 15”, Jorge Domecq stressed during the DV Day. “Since 2011, more than 70 crews have benefitted from the training delivered during EATF live-flying events, effectively increasing interoperability between European armed forces”, he added.

I also wish to underline the good cooperation between EDA, the European Air Transport Command as well as host nations – Portugal in this case – who all work very hard to enhance airlift capabilities in Europe and to make these events possible”, EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq stated.

The EATT series of training events form part of a wider ecosystem of EATF events that all converge towards the same objective of increasing the European Union’s airlift capabilities. In 2015, two editions of the European Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Course, or EAATTC, have already taken place in Bulgaria and France, with a third one planned for September in Spain. In the meantime, four European Advanced Tactical Instructor Courses (EATIC) will be organised in Italy this year.

 

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Comment l'Agence européenne de défense veut relancer la coopération

Défense L'Agence européenne de défense étudie actuellement un projet de fonds d'investissement au sein de l'Agence où les Etats pourraient verser de l'argent destiné à des programmes réalisés en coopération (ici l'A400M, le dernier grand programme européen en coopération - photo Armée de l'Air)

 

25/06/2015 Michel Cabirol – LaTribune.fr

 

Les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement se réunissent les 25 et 26 juin à Bruxelles pour évoquer les questions de défense. Afin de relancer la coopération entre les pays membres, l'Agence européenne de défense travaillent sur des incitations fiscales et sur la création d'un fonds destiné à financer les programmes européens.

 

Et si l'Agence européenne de défense (AED) avait trouvé la martingale pour inciter les Etats membres et les industriels de l'armement européens à lancer à nouveau des programmes en coopération. Et au-delà à consolider une industrie encore beaucoup trop dispersée face aux géants américains et à la montée en puissance progressive des industriels des pays émergents. En tout cas, le nouveau directeur de l'AED, Jorge Domecq, pourrait avoir trouvé l'argument qui fait mouche auprès des industriels européens, y compris du PDG d'Airbus Group, Tom Enders, toujours très critique - à raison parfois - vis-à-vis des programmes en coopération.

Sur quoi travaille précisément l'AED ? Sur quatre projets très incitatifs pour les industriels, qui sont à des stades de maturation très différents. Des projets qui font partie de la feuille de route de l'AED validée par les ministres de la Défense des Etats membres. L'un d'entre eux pourrait voir le jour très rapidement : l'exemption de la TVA - soit 21 % - pour des programmes lancés dans le cadre de l'AED. Le conseil européen du 25 et 26 juin pourrait acter cette incitation très importante", selon Jorge Domecq, qui espère que ce dispositif sera "en place en septembre-octobre 2015".

 

Un fonds d'investissements pour des programmes en coopération

L'AED étudie actuellement un projet de fonds d'investissement au sein de l'Agence où les Etats pourraient verser de l'argent destiné à des programmes réalisés en coopération. "Ce qui permettraient de disposer d'une plus grande continuité budgétaire dans l'exécution des programmes, estime le directeur de l'Agence européenne de défense. Car il arrive parfois que des pays, qui souhaitent lancer un programme en coopération, n'ont pas les budgets en même temps". Ce fonds donnerait également une visibilité à l'industrie. Ce projet est en discussion avec les Etats membres. L'AED est également en train d'étudier comment des programmes civils et militaires en coopération pourraient faire l'objet de prêts de la Banque européenne d'investissements (BEI).

Enfin, Jorge Domecq examine la possibilité de faire bénéficier les industriels européens de la défense du Fonds européen pour les investissements stratégiques (FEIS) lancé par le président de la Commission européenne, Jean-Claude Juncker, et destiné à mobiliser 315 milliards d'euros au cours des trois prochaines années. Ce fonds "pourrait aider quelques programmes qui ont un impact dans le domaine civil", explique le patron de l'AED, qui compte trouver "d'autres incitations". Ces dispositifs, espère-t-il "devraient intéresser les industriels. Ce type d'incitations fiscales favorisera les coopérations entre les pays membres".

 

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"L'Europe n'a plus de temps à perdre sur la défense" (Jorge Domecq, Agence européenne de défense)

"Le mot d'ordre doit être la coopération dans le secteur de la défense", a assuré le directeur de l'Agence européenne de la défense (AED) - photo EDA

 

25/06/2015 Michel Cabirol – laTribune.fr

 

Les questions de défense seront abordées lors du Conseil européen qui se tiendra les 25 et 26 juin à Bruxelles. En dépit d'une actualité dense, le directeur de l'Agence européenne de défense, Jorge Domecq, recommande dans une interview accordée à La Tribune à l'Europe d'aller vers plus de coopération.

 

Le sommet européen qui doit être consacré aux questions de défense sera-t-il parasité par les questions d'actualités sur la Grèce, Daech et les problèmes migratoires en mer Méditerranée ?
Il est important que l'Europe doive se rendre compte qu'elle n'a plus de temps à perdre sur les questions de défense. Chaque année qui passe, se pose effectivement la question du poids de l'industrie de la défense européenne, comme partenaire sur la scène internationale. Pourquoi ? Pour être un contributeur à un monde plus stable et un monde en paix, l'Europe doit avoir des capacités opérationnelles. Et pour détenir de telles capacités, l'Europe doit avoir une industrie qui produise toutes les capacités opérationnelles et surtout qui les produise de façon autonome, et non comme une franchise. Si l'Europe perd des capacités industrielles et technologiques dans les cinq à dix ans à venir, le poids de l'Europe comme partenaire intéressant pour d'autres pays, y compris nos alliés, va faiblir. L'Europe deviendra alors un contributeur secondaire. Nous avons donc besoin d'avancer dans les domaines capacitaires et d'avancer dans une plus grande intégration de l'industrie pour qu'elle soit plus compétitive et qu'elle dispose d'un poids technologique à la hauteur des futurs besoins de la défense européenne.

 

Êtes-vous confiant sur les conclusions du sommet ?
On verra. Mais j'espère que le sommet servira à maintenir l'attention sur les questions de défense. Il serait également bien d'obtenir une réaffirmation des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement de vouloir aller de l'avant sur ces questions. Déjà 16 pays de l'OTAN, dont douze pays de l'Union européenne, ont décidé d'augmenter leurs dépenses de défense C'est très important que des pays arrêtent de couper leurs dépenses de défense.

 

L'Europe ne devrait-elle pas avoir une défense commune, les menaces étant en grande partie communes à tous les pays européens ?
Absolument. Les menaces actuelles au sud et à l'est de l'Europe impliquent une mise en commun des moyens européens. Mais pas seulement. Avec la crise économique actuelle, le mot d'ordre doit être la coopération dans le secteur de la défense. C'est un must. Nous ne pouvons plus considérer en tant qu'Européens que nous avons le choix même si nous retardons les décisions. Il faut absolument avancer dans la coopération entre Européens. Mais peut-être pas à 28 sur tous les dossiers. Les pays européens doivent dépenser plus efficacement qu'aujourd'hui leurs ressources dédiées à la défense. Par exemple, l'Europe ne peut pas dépenser la moitié de l'argent que les États-Unis mettent chaque année dans la défense et n'obtenir que 15% de leur résultats.

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EDA and Italy discuss defence cooperation

EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq (right) with the Italian Secretary General of Defence and National Armaments Director, Lt. Gen. Enzo Stefanini. Photo Italian Ministry of Defence.

 

Rome - 03 June, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

On 13 May, Jorge Domecq, EDA Chief Executive, met with Roberta Pinotti, the Italian Minister of Defence, to exchange views on the preparation of the European Council in June 2015 and Italy’s participation in EDA projects. 

 

“The visit to Rome allowed for numerous interesting and forward looking discussions. We touched upon Italy’s involvement in EDA’s key capability programmes on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems and cyber defence as well as the update of the European security strategy. Another important topic was the Agency’s project on maritime surveillance (MARSUR). I also assured Minister Pinotti of the Agency’s willingness to provide operational support for a possible CSDP mission in the southern central Mediterranean”, Jorge Domecq said in Rome. 

The visit in Italy also allowed for meetings with other high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Defence, the President of the Defence Committee in the Italian Senate and the CEO of Finmeccanica. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive. 

 

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EDA Chief Executive briefs European Parliament

 

Brussels - 08 May, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, EDA’s Chief Executive, was invited to speak at the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security on Defence on 6 May. In the session on European defence capabilities, Mr Domecq explained his view on the Agency’s role in the future, the preparation of the June European Council and an update on EDA’s capability programmes.

 

Mr. Domecq explained that he saw EDA’s development along three main strands: as an enabler for Member States’ level of ambition in cooperatively developing capabilities; to support the European defence industry notably through stimulating R&T; and to act as an interface of military views in wider EU policies.

On the preparation of the June European Council on defence, the Chief Executive emphasised the need of the meeting to be more than a stockpiling exercise and the need to maintain sustained top-down impetus from the highest political level. 

He concluded his presentation with an update on the EDA’s key capability programmes on air-to-air refuelling, cyber defence, governmental satellite communications and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. 

Members of Parliament showed support for the work of the Agency and called upon Heads of State and Government to fully use the June European Council in order to achieve maximum results. 

 

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photo Polish Ministry of National Defence, mjr Robert Siemaszko

 

Warsaw - 22 April, 2015 by European Defence Agency
 

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence Tomasz Siemoniak and EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq met on 20 April to exchange views about the preparation of the European Council in June 2015. They also discussed Poland’s participation in EDA projects and ways to support the Polish defence industry with an emphasis on small and medium sized enterprises.

“Poland is a driving force of defence cooperation within the European Defence Agency. It participates in all of our key capability programmes: air-to-air refuelling, cyber defence, governmental satellite communications and remotely piloted aircraft systems. Additionally, Poland is heavily involved in many of our research and technology initiatives.

The focus of all our activities is to improve national defence capabilities as well as to support the European defence industry. Security of supply and support to the European defence technological and industrial base (EDTIB) are key aspects of our strategic autonomy. We are therefore keen on understanding the needs and working with the Central and Eastern European defence industries”, said Jorge Domecq during his stay in Warsaw.

The visit in Poland also provided the opportunity to meet with the Secretary of State Czesław Mroczek and representatives of the Military Institute of Armament Technology. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the Ministerial Steering Board on 18 May 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Estonia. 

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Defence cooperation talks in Cyprus

 

Nicosia - 23 April, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, EDA Chief Executive, today travelled to Cyprus for discussions with the Cypriot Minister of Defence, Christoforos Fokaides on the preparation of the European Council in June 2015 and Cyprus’ participation in EDA projects. During the visit Cyprus confirmed its participation in the Agency’s EU Satcom Market pooled procurement initiative for commercial satellite communications. Mr. Domecq also held discussions with the Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides. 

 

“I would like to underline my satisfaction for the productive meeting we had today with the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency. I had the opportunity to reiterate our firm will to further enhance our contribution and support to the common initiatives and efforts of the Agency. The signing today of the Satcom Market Joint Procurement Arrangement is just an indication of this. In addition, we have also agreed today to co-organise an important Maritime Security Conference here in Cyprus next November which reflects the emphasis that we want to attribute in this field but also the role that Cyprus can play”, stressed Minister Fokaides.

“Satellite communications are a scarce and investment-intensive capability. The Agency’s approach to pool Member State’s demand of commercially available satellite communications aims to reduce costs, ease access, and improve operational efficiency. There are only advantages for Member States, since they only pay what they use at the best price and when needed. This is why I welcome Cyprus’ decision”, stressed Jorge Domecq during his visit in Cyprus. 

 

EU Satcom Market

Commercial satellite communications are used by all nations to provide extra capacity on top of their own military and governmental satellite communications. The EU Satcom Market provides a flexible and cost-effective way of doing this, with the European Defence Agency acting as the central purchasing body for all participating countries. So far, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom take part in the project. Since the launch of the project, 20 orders have been processed through this procurement cell, for a total value of about 2.5 million euros. Member States are already forwarding their requirements for 2015 and it is expected that their interest and usage will increase significantly.

 

Visit to Member States

The visit in Cyprus also allowed for meetings with other high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, as well as briefings about the armed forces of Cyprus and research initiatives. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the Ministerial Steering Board on 18 May 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland, Slovenia and Greece. 

 

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EDA Chief Executive visits Athens

 

Athens - 22 April, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, EDA Chief Executive, met today with the Greek Minister of National Defence, Panos Kammenos to exchange views about the preparation of the European Council in June 2015 and the participation of Greece in EDA projects. 

 

“Member States benefit significantly through their cooperation within the framework of EDA, in areas such as capability development, training, procurement, standardisation, achieving on one hand economies of scale, while on the other enhancing European security”, Hellenic Minister of Defence Panos Kammenos said in Wednesday’s meeting with EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq.

“Greece will actively support your work in order to foster the improvement of European capabilities and cooperation in the area of defence, consequently promoting European integration and strengthening European security”, the Minister added.

“Greece is a strong supporter of the European Defence Agency. Its proactive approach in EDA initiatives relating to the European defence industry as well as to our maritime or energy and environment activities, have certainly contributed to their overall success. 

One of the Agency’s key functions is to serve as an interface between the Member States and the European Commission. We facilitate access to information on EU policies which have or might have an impact on the military such as the modernisation of the European air traffic system. In the same spirit we also support national defence industries and especially small and medium sized enterprises, for instance in the application processes for EU funding for dual-use research. This can be of benefit for the Greek and the European defence and technological industrial base as a whole”, said Jorge Domecq during his visit in Athens. 

The visit in Greece also allowed for meetings with other high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, including Alternate Minister of National Defence Mr. Kostas Isichos, the Greek Chief of Defence and representatives of the national defence industry. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the Ministerial Steering Board on 18 May 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland and Hungary. Tomorrow he will head to Cyprus.

 

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Chief Executive meets Hungarian Minister of Defence

 

Budapest - 23 April, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

On 21 April Jorge Domecq, EDA Chief Executive, met with Hungarian Minister of Defence, Csaba Hende to exchange views about the preparation of the European Council in June 2015 and Hungary’s participation in EDA projects. 



"The role and efforts of EDA in facilitating defence cooperation in Europe are of outstanding importance in filling capability gaps. Even more so in the light of new security challenges Europe faces", the Hungarian Minister of Defence, Csaba Hende pointed out during his discussion with the Chief Executive of EDA. The Minister expressed his appreciation that the Agency pays attention to the specificities of the Central- and Eastern-European defence industry and places a special emphasis on offering solutions for SMEs to get better market access and benefit from EU funds.

“The European Defence Agency is an instrument at the service of Member States. Its flexible approach allows nations to pick and choose the projects they are interested in. The Agency can facilitate bilateral, regional or European-wide defence cooperation depending on the priorities of Member States. Hungary’s active involvement in the Agency’s work on helicopter training, C-IED and personnel recovery is much appreciated. It demonstrates the range of topics covered by the Agency to best support its Member States”, said Jorge Domecq during his visit in Budapest. 

The visit in Hungary also allowed for meetings with other high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence and representatives of the Ministry of National Economy. It is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the Ministerial Steering Board on 18 May 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Estonia, Poland, Hungary and Greece. Today he visits Cyprus.

 

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EDA Chief Executive addresses CSDP symposium in Washington

 

Washington - 29 April, 2015 by European Defence Agency

 

Along with Head of the European Defence Agency and HR/VP Federica Mogherini, EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq travelled to Washington on 29 April to attend the 4th Annual Transatlantic Symposium on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

 

Bringing together senior EU and US military and civilian leaders, the event provided a forum to discuss the role of CSDP and transatlantic cooperation in addressing challenges such as hybrid warfare, crisis management in Africa, maritime security and global security.

 

Transatlantic cooperation

After an opening address given by Federica Mogherini, EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq took part in a panel discussion focused on the reinforcement of the transatlantic security cooperation. There he shared views with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General, European External Action Service; and Jim Townsend, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, as well as with the rest of the audience.

It is important that we maintain a sound working relationship with NATO”, Jorge Domecq stressed during the conference. “In the current security environment we will need to further enhance this link by avoiding unnecessary duplications and reinforcing the EU’s ability to act as a security provider with the right set of capabilities and a strong and balanced defence industry”, he explained.

 

Constant interaction

We have to keep in mind that each EU Member State can only rely on a single set of forces to achieve EU and NATO ambitions”, the EDA Chief Executive added. “Thanks to constant interaction between EDA and NATO experts, we have already established transatlantic links that could be further developed in the years to come”.

Jorge Domecq also took advantage of this trip to the United States to meet with Department of Defense officials.

 

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Visite de Jorge Domecq, directeur exécutif de l’Agence Européenne de Défense (AED)

 

27/03/2015 Ministère de la Défense

 

Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre français de la défense et Jorge Domecq, directeur exécutif de l’Agence Européenne de Défense (AED) se sont rencontrés pour aborder la participation française aux projets de l’AED ainsi que la préparation du Conseil européen de juin 2015.

 

« L’Agence européenne de Défense tient un rôle essentiel pour renforcer la coopération de défense en Europe et pour faciliter les synergies avec les politiques conduites par l’Union européenne : l’AED aura ainsi un rôle tout particulier à jouer dans la préparation et la mise en œuvre de l’Action Préparatoire qui va amorcer un effort de recherche européen dans le domaine de la Défense. Je me réjouis du travail mené par l’AED pour aider à bâtir une flotte multinationale de ravitailleurs en vol et des actions conduites pour préparer l’insertion dans le trafic aérien du futur DRONE MALE européen, projet que nous portons avec l’Allemagne et l’Italie. La France soutiendra pleinement le nouveau directeur exécutif de l’AED dans sa mission » a déclaré le ministre de la défense.

 

« L’Agence Européenne de Défense est un instrument au service des Etats membres. Nous les appuyons en comblant les déficits capacitaires les plus pressants, en coordonnant la recherche et la technologie au niveau européen et nous nous assurons que les intérêts militaires soient bien pris en compte par les grands projets de l’UE comme le Ciel Unique Européen. Je me suis engagé à répondre aux attentes fixées par les États membres et à éviter les duplications d’efforts. Notre première priorité est la préparation du Conseil européen de Juin, qui devrait apporter un coup d’accélérateur à la coopération de défense et à l’industrie d’armement en Europe » a dit Jorge Domecq lors de son entretien avec le ministre de la défense Jean-Yves Le Drian

 

Cette visite s’inscrit dans une série de déplacements et d’entretiens de M. Domecq avec l’ensemble des pays membres de l’AED à la suite à sa nomination à la tête de l’AED et précède la réunion des ministres de la Défense de l’Union européenne du 18 mai 2015.

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Joint statement by French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and EDA Chief Executive Jorge Domecq

 

Paris, 26 March 2015. Ministère de la Défense

 

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister of Defence and Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA) met today to discuss French participation in EDA projects as well as preparations of the European Council discussion on defence in June 2015.

 

 “The European Defence Agency has an essential role to play for enabling defence cooperation in Europe and facilitating synergies with EU policies: EDA has a key role to play for example in the preparation and implementation of the CSDP related Preparatory Action. I welcome the work achieved to set up a multinational fleet of tankers, and the activities pursued in air traffic insertion in support of the MALE RPAS programme we run together with Germany and Italy. France will fully support the new EDA Chief Executive it his duty”said French Minister of Defence.

 

“The European Defence Agency is an instrument at the service of Member States. We support them in filling pressing capability shortfalls, in coordinating research and technology on a European level and we ensure that military interests are taken into account in wider EU policies such as Single European Sky. I am committed to answering to the expectations set by Member States and to avoid duplication of efforts. Our key priority is the preparation of the European Council next June, which should give a boost to defence cooperation and to defence industry across Europe.”, said Jorge Domecq during the meeting with Minister Le Drian.

 

The visit is part of a series of visits by Mr. Domecq to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the Ministerial Steering Board on 18 May 2015. So far, Mr. Domecq visited Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Ireland.

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photo Phil Nijhuis  Dutch MoD

photo Phil Nijhuis Dutch MoD

 

The Hague - 23 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency and Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Minister of Defence of the Netherlands have met today to discuss Dutch participation in EDA capability programmes, the implementation of EU Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan as well as preparations of the European Council discussion on defence in June 2015. 

During the visit, Jorge Domecq also met with senior officials of the Dutch Ministry of Defence. The main topics addressed during the meetings were the preparation of the Heads of State and Government discussion on defence in June 2015, the Multi Role Tanker Transport project, the implementation of the EU Maritime Security Strategy Action Plan, support to industry, as well as EDA’s work regarding the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research. 

Military shortfalls can only be fixed if nations develop joint approaches”, Minister Hennis-Plasschaert stated after the meeting. “The efforts of defence cooperation between European countries can only lead to high level capabilities through integrated defence research and strengthening the position of small and medium enterprises. Only then joint capabilities can lead to innovative and future orientated cooperation between like-minded countries. It will boost military effectiveness and enhance our ability to act.” 

The Netherlands leads two of the European Defence Agency’s flagship capability projects. The Multi Role Tanker Transport project aims at creating a European air-to-air refuelling and transport capability in the long-term. The Joint Deployable Exploitation and Analysis Laboratory contributes to reducing casualties resulting from improvised explosive devices. EDA really is an instrument at the service of our Member States. It is our aim to support nations in all their efforts of defence cooperation. At the same time, the Member States are in the driving seat and their input to EDA projects is paramount”, Jorge Domecq said after the meeting with Minister Hennis-Plasschaert. 

Jorge Domecq’s meetings in The Hague are part of a tour to all EDA Member States following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the European Council in June. 

 

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photo Bundeswehr-Grauwinkel

 

Berlin - 19 March, 2015 European Defence Agency

 

Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA), visited Germany on 17 March 2015 to to discuss Germany’s involvement in projects of the European Defence Agency, support to defence industry as well as preparation of the European Council on defence issues in June 2015. 

 

During the visit Jorge Domecq met with Karin Suder, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence as well as senior Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry of Defence officials and representatives of the German Federation of Security and Defence Industries. The main topic addressed was the preparation of the  Heads of State and Government discussion on defence in June 2015.

“The European Defence Agency is committed to providing the best possible input for the discussions on defence by Heads of State and Government in June this year. In the current context, we need a strong defence in Europe, which means more cooperation and a robust defence industry. We are working with all Member States on capability development, incentives for cooperation and support to European industry. Today’s discussions highlighted the role of the European defence industry as regards our overall economic performance, our continued ability to develop the capabilities of the future and our technological strategic autonomy”, Jorge Domecq said after the meetings in Berlin.

The meetings in Brussels are part of a tour to all EDA Member States by Jorge Domecq following his appointment as EDA Chief Executive and ahead of the European Council in June.

 

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