The European Commission’s draft budget for the European Union’s next operating period would hoist the EU to among the region’s top four investors in defence research and technology (R&T) alongside France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, with more than EUR4 billion (USD4.7 billion) earmarked for research projects. The spending forms part of the Commission’s proposed multi-annual financial framework (MFF) for 2021–27.
“The governance of those projects [to avoid wasted resources] will be very important,” an EU official told Jane’s on 8 May.
“The proposed amount [for defence R&T] is modest compared to what the member states spend in this area but if we correctly shape all those projects, they could have a real impact on the DTIB [ Europe's defence technology industrial base],” said the official.
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