European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "The European Council recognised that defence collaboration between Member States needed to be deeper and more sustained if the EU was to adequately face its security challenges. Therefore, it is vital that, the European defence industry remains a world-leading centre for manufacturing and innovation, creating highly qualified jobs and growth."
The European Commission has presented a roadmap for measures to strengthen the Single Market for defence, to promote a more competitive defence industry and to foster synergies between civil and military research including details and timelines for the actions.
These actions include preparing a roadmap for a comprehensive EU-wide security of supply regime; practical guidance for regional authorities and SMEs clarifying the possibility of using European funds for supporting dual-use projects; and a new 'Preparatory Action' to test the added value of an EU contribution to defence-related research for the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Taken together, these actions will contribute to making the European defence and security sector more efficient and strengthen the Union’s CSDP. The current roadmap is the follow-up to the Commission's Communication on defence presented in July 2013 (IP/13/734).