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The declaration signed in Madrid on 28 February 1992 provided the basis for the subsequent creation of a European Federation of Defence Technology Associations EDTA and expressed the desire of increasing efforts to promote cooperation in a European framework and provide opportunities for information exchange among the Members of the participating Associations.

The statutes or bylaws of EDTA were approved in the European Associations Presidents meeting held in 1994 in The Hague (Holland). The bylaws of the EDTA state:

The EDTA is a non-profit making federation of associations with no independent capital. Its aims are to enhance fellowship, cooperation and professional relationship among its members, with no further legal affiliation (Section 2, Article 1).

Other European associations, consisting mainly of members from defence administrations and industries, the Armed Forces and scientific organizations, may apply for EDTA membership. Application will be considered by the Board and admission of a new member will require the acceptance of the Board by consensus among its members (Section 4 of Article).

The goals of EDTA as defined in the founding declaration are:

a) Commonly organising international and mutually attending national symposia, conventions, assemblies, etc., to which all the partner societies will be invited.

b) A general exchange of information by means of bulletins supplying explanations or basic papers relating to questions concerning armed forces technology and defence industry, with respect to public interest and politics, and 

c) In the long term, possibly the issue of a corresponding international publication.

d) Promotion of exchange and training of defence engineers, teaching armament procurement and other defence-related topics at academies.

e) Contribution to express the European interest and needs in the field of armed forces technology to organizations within and outside Europe.

The EDTA principally focuses on the following activities to accomplish these objectives (bylaws, article 2):
  • Promotion of the exchange of professional information to improve members' scientific and technological knowledge and interrelations in areas of the defence industry, including research, scientific and technological developments and their potential application to civil issues, in addition to the utilization of civilian industry and technology for military purposes, taking into account economic, political and geo-strategic aspects.

  • Promotion of international symposia and support of nationally organized symposia and conventions, monographic work sessions, round table discussions, etc. related to the above.

  • Circulation and exchange of publications and information of interest in the fields of technology, industry, scientific developments and any other related material pertaining to the Armed Forces, the defence industry, geo-strategic, politics and the economy.

  • Promotion of training and instruction in the multidisciplinary approach that Defence Technology requires for European engineers and scientists through seminars, conferences, exchanges, training and refresher courses, and in general all those activities within or outside Europe which are designed to improve training or the dissemination of technical and scientific developments connected with defence technology in the above areas.

  • Promotion of public interest in the defence industry and technology both within Europe and elsewhere, alluding to any potential peaceful applications.

  • Promotion of the study and application of specific defence technologies for civil purposes and the feasibility of employing European military industry to achieve these objectives, or the reverse when necessary.