European Parliament conference: Unintended effects of European defence cooperation policies

Geplaatst 7 feb. 2019 01:53 door Jan Wind   [ 13 feb. 2019 11:25 bijgewerkt ]

On 6 February 2019 a roundtable conference at the European Parliament organised by Sallux, EDTA and EuroDefense addressed current intentions of the European Commission with respect to defence (materiel) cooperation. Are these plans effective to reach the goal of improved cooperation, a more effective defence industry and better involvement of SMEs throughout the Union? What could be negative effects of these policies and how could these be mitigated.

EDNL member and EDTA president Jan Wind presented two proposals in his presentation "Financing the Future": 

(1) to simplify EDF co-funding negotiations and 

(2) to improve spin-off and involvement of SMEs. 

Several other presidents and members of EuroDefense associations did speak or participated in the conference.

The conference was very topical as the so called Trilogue between the European Commission, The European Council and the European Parliament on the European Defence Fund and connected policies is still on-going. The conference was hosted by MEP Marek Jurek, the "rapporteur" on the European Defence Fund of the European Parliament.As a result of the conference a set of recommendations to support or amend the Policies will be sent to the European Commission, the European Parliament and others.

For more information visit the EDTA page on this conference (click).

EDNL discussion paper "Too Many Ways of European Defence Cooperation"

Geplaatst 24 sep. 2018 11:19 door Mats van Dijk   [ 25 sep. 2018 08:30 bijgewerkt door Jan Wind ]

On September 23, EuroDéfense Nederland (EDNL) published a discussion paper titled "Too Many Ways of of European Defence Cooperation." 

Drafted by EDNL President Dr. Wim van Eekelen, the paper is meant to serve as input for the upcoming EuroDéfense International Presidential Meeting (October 17-19, 2018) in Brussels. In particular, it calls attention to the future impact of PESCO, the need for continuous engagement of the member states to agreed strategic commitments of the European institutions, and the obvious need to make arrangements for interventionist forces or operations in the most desirable framework.

In the end, the paper concludes, "[t]he objective should be to try turning the current positive support for European security and defence into a strong programme for both building capacity and shaping the conditions for using them together."

EDNL brief aan Minister van Defensie inzake PESCO

Geplaatst 21 jul. 2018 08:58 door Mats van Dijk   [ 23 jul. 2018 02:04 bijgewerkt door Jan Wind ]

Op 5 juli jl. bood Eurodefense Nederland (EDNL) de Minister van Defensie, Ank Bijleveld, en haar Staatssecretaris, Barbara Visser, een notitie aan inzake Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). Naast Ank Bijleveld en Barbara Visser hebben ook de Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken, Stef Blok, en de Minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, Sigrid Kaag, deze Notitie ontvangen. Verdere distributie van de Notitie vond plaats onder leden van de Eerste en Tweede Kamer der Staten Generaal, het Europees Parlement, think-tanks in Nederland en België en aan NGO's, politieke partijen en media.

In deze notitie onderstreept Eurodefense de urgentie en potentie van PESCO. PESCO is geconcipieerd als een fundamentele stap voorwaarts van landen, die verder willen gaan bij de Europese integratie dan de huidige verdragen. Het is dan ook verheugend, dat 25 landen bereid zijn mee te doen bij één of meer concrete projecten. Desalniettemin is er nog een lange weg te gaan. Het is verre van eenvoudig om ingewortelde praktijken en nationale belangen om te buigen naar gemeenschappelijke doelen en projecten. Derhalve stelt EDNL enkele aandachtspunten ter hand voor verdere discussie.

In de bijlagen treft u de complete Notitie, "Standpunt van EuroDefense Nederland ten behoeven van de Minister van Defensie ter zake van Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) en de Nederlandse inzet daarbij", alsook de begeleidende aanbiedingsbrief. U/uw organisatie wordt van harte uitgenodigd om het onderhavige stuk verder te verspreiden onder een relevant publiek.

EDNL voorzitter ontvangt hoge Roemeense onderscheiding

Geplaatst 18 jun. 2018 11:48 door Jan Wind   [ 18 jun. 2018 11:58 bijgewerkt ]

Op 13 juni j.l. ontving voorzitter Dr. Wim van Eekelen de onderscheiding "Commander of the Star of Romania" uit handen van de Roemeense Ambassadeur in Nederland, H.E. Mrs. Brândușa Predescu. Deze onderscheiding is verleend door de president van Roemenië, H.E. Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis, wegens de grote verdiensten van oud minister Van Eekelen voor de goede relaties tussen Nederland en Roemenië.

De onderscheiding werd opgespeld in aanwezigheid van vertegenwoordigers van Defensie en de verschillende organisaties waar de heer Van Eekelen zich voor inzet, waaronder EuroDéfense.


In diverse toespraken werd de zeer langdurige en intensieve inzet van de heer Van Eekelen en zijn echtgenote onderstreept. 

EURODEFENSE and EDTA report on cooperative military education, training and simulation

Geplaatst 1 okt. 2017 13:25 door Jan Wind   [ 1 okt. 2017 13:28 bijgewerkt ]

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European defence cooperation on education, training and simulation has many important advantages to enhance skills, share European military culture for our military men and women, and reduce costs. The importance of cooperative training and the intention to make training an element of the permanent structured cooperation has been agreed in the Lisbon Treaty. This intention was reinforced in more recent papers on European cooperation like the EU global strategy for defence and security, but omitted in the European Defence Fund. Simulation technology for training was never mentioned.
Hence, we believe cooperation on military education, training and simulation needs more attention.

Members of EURODEFENSE and EDTA associations in Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain and the UK collectively have compiled a brief report on the most important potential areas of cooperation as well as technological and funding opportunities.

Main conclusions of the report are that cooperative education and training steeply improves procedural and cultural interoperability in the European armed forces. It promotes similar responses to the same situation and facilitates mutual understanding, integration and team building. For individual military men and women it builds lifelong personal networks that will help them to better understand their fellow Europeans. Technical developments have made simulation more realistic than actual training and exercises in many cases.

Recommendations are:

1. Stimulate European education exchange programmes throughout all Member States. Especially in regions with overlapping cultures and bridgeable language barriers.

2. Better organise training throughout Europe. Actual training and exercising should be integrated in just a few major European Commands.

3. Realistic training using advanced simulation systems should be stimulated Europe wide and a European technological advantage in this area should be pursued.

4. Some simulated training can only be performed in large and complex facilities. These could be established by private funding and their use shared between military and other users on a pay-per-use basis.

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EDTA comments on the European Defence Action Plan

Geplaatst 7 jan. 2017 04:25 door Jan Wind   [ 7 jan. 2017 04:26 bijgewerkt ]

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission publicised a European Defence Action Plan for the implementation of the Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security policy. 

Our partner, the Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA) welcomes this Action Plan as it sets strong intentions to intensify European cooperation on MoD and industry level. Taking greater responsibility to be able to deter, respond, and protect our Union against external threats is of utmost importance. Of similar importance is the need for a stronger industrial base that cooperates better and is more effectively connected to Europe-wide customers. 
Much however has to be done by the Commission and the Member States to ensure these words to come into effect. Many individual interests of nations and industries will have to be addressed and their policies changed based on common interests. 

Letter to European Commission on the EDTIB

Geplaatst 7 jan. 2017 04:16 door Jan Wind   [ 7 jan. 2017 04:20 bijgewerkt ]

Our network recently sent a report and recommendations to Mr. Juncker on several important matters regarding R&D for defence and the European Defence Technology and Industrial Base (EDTIB). Main intention is to reach a reasonable level of European autonomy in defence related technology. The report was prepared in close cooperation with our partner the Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA).

The main proposal to the European Commission for the objective of European autonomy consists in funding by the European Commission of typically military R&D programmes or co-funding with Member States cooperative R&D programmes, such as the future MALE system, through a dedicated defence budget line of the European Commission.

Other proposals in the letter are:
  • To extend the ban on intra-EU offsets to offsets obtained from third-country vendors, with a view to avoiding the exclusion of EU vendors from the EU market;
  • To lift the current exclusion of the EDTIB from participating in European programmes such as the Junker fund, or the EIB's loans, in order to be coherent with the present security and defence issues facing Europe.
More details can be found below in the letter to Mr. Juncker and in the attached report "European Tools for Defence Materiel Autonomy" of the EURODEFENSE Working Group 18.

Group of Personalities report

Geplaatst 24 mrt. 2016 00:40 door Jan Wind   [ 24 mrt. 2016 00:45 bijgewerkt ]

Op 17 maart 2016 heeft de Minister van Defensie het z.g.n. Group of Personalities report over de uitwerking van de Preparatory Action voor het GVDB aangeboden aan de Tweede Kamer. Hieronder kunt u deze documenten downloaden.


Geplaatst 15 mrt. 2016 02:18 door Jan Wind   [ 15 mrt. 2016 02:20 bijgewerkt ]


Meeting this week in Luxembourg under the chairmanship of Honorary Prime Minister Jacques SANTER, president of EuroDéfense-Luxembourg, members of the international EURODEFENSE Network have reviewed the security situation in Europe in the light of recent events. On learning the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris on the evening of 13 November, they expressed their sympathy and solidarity with the victims.

Discussions centered on the security situation in Europe. While praising significant efforts by the European Union, NATO and Member States in the realm of security and defense cooperation, members stressed :
  • the destabilization of States in the eastern and south eastern regions of Europe, i.e. Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan... and to the south of Europe, especially in Syria, Iraq, also in the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Crises are multiplying, which lead to unacceptable security situations for the indigenous populations as well as creating both migration and refugee problems for Europe.
  • EU Member States are prey to an unprecedented migratory crisis, both by size - more than a million people in 2015 - and by complexity, plus refugees as well as economic migrants in great numbers from the Middle East and Africa.
  • external insecurity and the destabilization of these States have direct consequences for European internal security including terrorist attacks on European States.
  • measures taken by the European States to close their borders have had an immediate effect on their neighbours, such that a State unilaterally opening its borders creates a surge in migrant incursions.
  • relations between Europe and Russia have deteriorated, gravely, since the start of the Ukrainian crisis. The unilateral change of borders by Russia is in direct contravention of the mutual agreement in the OSCE context, and a threat on the rule based European security.
  • energy resources linked to climatic change also have direct consequences for European security.
EURODEFENSE believes that at this level an extensive analysis of security questions affecting EU states must be conducted, without delay, leading to an overall European security strategy, as the basis of a Security and Defence White Paper. This will serve to cement
coherence providing a benchmark for Member States' White Papers.

Members believe that an effective EU depends on solidarity and the clear and present support of an informed public. This implies that European countries must not reason merely in terms of what Europe can give them but also in terms of what they can give Europe. Time has come for further investments in European security and defence.

EURODEFENSE reaffirms its determination to continue to reinforce the goal of an efficient and credible European defence.

Jaarverslag samenwerking met KIVI

Geplaatst 22 feb. 2016 06:24 door Jan Wind   [ 22 feb. 2016 06:26 bijgewerkt ]

EuroDéfense Nederland werkt intensief samen met het Koninklijk Instituut van Ingenieurs (KIVI), gebaseerd op een partnerschapsovereenkomst van EURODEFENSE met de Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA), een netwerk van verenigingen van defensie-ingenieurs uit heel Europa. Via dit netwerk ondersteunt EuroDéfense Nederland KIVI DV bij techniek gerelateerde onderwerpen in het nationale defensiebeleid. Op haar beurt draagt KIVI DV via ED NL op technologische aspecten bij aan het Europese beleid op het gebied van defensie en de defensieindustrie.

Download hier het jaarverslag van de samenwerking tussen KIVI DV en EuroDéfense Nederland.

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