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Future direction of European Union defence research

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ISC, in collaboration with Vedette, will host a seminar on “The future direction of European Union defence research” which will take place on Monday 4 February 2019 from 10h00-14h30, in Brussels.

In June 2018, the Commission published its Proposal for a Regulation establishing Horizon Europe (COM(2018) 435 final), stating “A specific programme on defence research is proposed to be established by Regulation…” (p.1) which aims to strengthen the global competitiveness and innovation capacity of the Union's defence technological and industrial base.

On 19 November 2018, the Council adopted its position (partial general agreement) on the European Defence Fund which contains the specific programme on defence research  proposed by the European Commission in the context of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027.

The Council broadly agrees with the Commission proposal. In particular, it confirms the overall objectives and structure of the EDF, including the intention to invest in disruptive technologies. It still has to clarify a number of aspects in regard to eligibility criteria and ownership of the results.

The EDF is also intended to boost cooperation effectiveness with Horizon Europe to ensure that results under civil research can benefit from the development of defence capabilities, and vice versa.

The seminar will explore the following topics:

  • Defence and cyber security research priorities, given the EU Global Strategy and current and potential threats and challenges;
  • Synergies with Horizon Europe and other EU initiatives including Galileo and the planned European Union space agency and programme;
  • The role of data and the impact on defence and security data of the EU’s GDPR;
  • Contribution of R&D to the European Peace Facility;
  • EU and NATO research cooperation;
  • Defence and security research capacity building and infrastructures.

The speakers are

·        Dick Hemsley, Vedette Consulting

·        Jeremy Ghez, Associate Professor, HEC Paris

·        Matt Bassford, Vedette Consulting

·        Rainer Horn, SpaceTec

·        Ulrich Karoch, Europe Parliament SEDE Secretariat

·        Declan Kirrane, ISC

·        Christian Breant, Thales

·        Emer Costello, ISC


The meeting will take place at:


The Atrium

14b Rue de la Science,

1040 Brussels



Declan Kirrane



+32 494 34 60 40 




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