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Survey on the participation of SMEs in the European Union defence sector.

posted 9 Dec 2019, 00:32 by Jan Wind   [ updated 15 Dec 2019, 11:44 ]

The Eurodefense network and EDTA are conducting a study on the participation of SMEs in the EU defence sector. In particular, their participation in innovation and across borders is the subject of the study. Participation of SMEs is important for the future of the European defence and security to unlock innovative power and stay ahead of future threats. European Union policies already focus on this theme, but the participation of SMEs in the defence industry still lags behind compared to other sectors of the economy. In particular cross-border participation of SMEs is almost non-existent. 
Goal of the study is to prepare recommendations for European Union and national Authorities. The study is conducted by a working group of 20 members in 9 European Union member States.

To learn more details about the effectiveness of policies and the experiences of SMEs, the working group conducts a survey in the European Union defence sector. The survey contains questions related to policy, contracting, rules, communication, investment and various other issues.
Everyone active in defence-related Government, industry and research establishments is kindly invited to complete the survey. 

The survey can be found at or click on the icon below. The survey contains 66 questions. Mainly multiple choice and some open questions. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Both EDTA and Eurodefense are non-profit organisations, independent of Governments, industry or any commercial organisation or goal. All work is being done on a volunteer basis for the benefit of a better Europe. Without any compensation.

If you have any questions about this survey or the study please contact the EDTA president at

Eurodefense communiqué on European defence

posted 26 May 2019, 12:24 by Jan Wind

During their Presidents council on 23 May 2019 our partner association Eurodefense has adopted the following communiqué:

The representatives of the member associations of Eurodefense, meeting in Madrid today, 23 May, 2019, discussed the geopolitical changes facing Europe and proposed that the forthcoming discussions on the future of the European Union institutions take into consideration, within the current legal framework, the formation of a Defence Council, the inclusion of a Commissioner for defence matters within the European Commission, and the possibility of forming a European Security Council.

Eurodefense will continue the discussion of these items during the meeting in Bucharest in October 2019.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

A PDF of the communiqué can be downloaded below.

Europe’s security is EU's responsibility

posted 13 Apr 2019, 07:43 by Jan Wind   [ updated 13 Apr 2019, 08:09 ]

On 12 April 2019 the Netherlands branch of our partner organisation Eurodefense published en interesting paper on the advantages and options for Union Cooperation in European defence.

This Eurodefense Nederland paper examines the present position of the EU vis-à-vis the other important powers in the world and the changes within and outside the EU over the last decades. It confirms that if the EU wants to protect its position and its values, it should adopt a policy of “strategic autonomy”. This implies that the EU can maintain its independence in all relevant domains if necessary. The paper focusses on the security and defense aspects of strategic autonomy and concludes that the EU and the EU Council should take the necessary steps for the creation of an EU Defense Organization (EDO) and EU Defense Forces (EUDF). During the gradual build-up of EUDF the national defense organizations of member-states can be reduced and reorganized proportionally for territorial defense and related civil services and as back-up for EUDF.
        Picture  Ssolbergj (Wikipedia Commons CC3.0)
                                                                                                            Download the full paper here 

EDTA annual report 2018

posted 1 Apr 2019, 14:22 by Jan Wind   [ updated 1 Apr 2019, 14:22 ]

Below you can download the 2018 annual report of the Federation including the annual report of our cooperation with the Eurodefense network.

In 2018 the most important activities of the federation were:
1.       Review and comment on European defence policy,
2.       Cooperate with EuroDéfense in the framework of our partnership agreement,
3.       Develop a new partnership with the European Training and Simulation Association ETSA,
4.       Receiving the prestigious special CiDAN award for the «European Industrial and Technological Base»,
5.       Distribute invitations of relevant (inter)national activities among member associations.

Energy Transition as an Operational Advantage for the Military

posted 18 Feb 2019, 13:22 by Jan Wind   [ updated 19 Feb 2019, 05:34 ]

Fossil fuel production in bad weather

Energy transition is discussed worldwide on a daily basis, except in most Ministries of Defence and the military. Currently, military capabilities are being built running on regular diesel fuel with an intended service life of 40 years. However, when energy transition continues at the current pace, availability of fossil fuels could be an issue in less than 20 years. Time for action!

A working group of EDTA and EuroDéfense has written a report on Energy Transition based on contributions received from member associations in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK as well as topical on-line research in NATO, EDA, European Nations and industries.

The report focuses on the policies, need and options for use of sustainable energy in major military combat systems like naval vessels, aircraft, vehicles and in military compounds, especially during operations.

Energy transition could be a necessity to adapt to in a new fossil fuel free society and an opportunity to achieve a smaller logistical footprint or more effective military capabilities.

EDTA-EURODEFENSE provides five recommendations for the energy transition in European defence.

In short these are:

  1. Each Member State to consider Energy as a physical environment like sea, ground, air and  cyber,

  2. Each Member State to establish a national governance in charge of energy transition and promote it in military circles as an opportunity for an operational advantage,

  3. Actively monitor and select civilian energy transition technologies suitable for major military capabilities at the Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) of the European Commission in cooperation with the European Defence Agency (EDA),

  4. Coordinate defence related research and implementation of long-term solutions at EDA,

  5. Use the opportunity of the European Defence Fund (EDF) and require an Energy Transition paragraph in each proposal.


For more information contact:

Jan Wind, President EDTA                                       Gilles Combarieu, Secretary General EURODEFENSE

E:                                                        E:
M: +31 6 2350 2003                                                    M:  +33 6 6701 6225


European Parliament conference on defence cooperation

posted 28 Dec 2018, 01:10 by Jan Wind   [ updated 8 Feb 2019, 06:39 ]


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 (materielcooperation. 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.

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.

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.

The conference was hosted by:
MEP Marek Jurek, ECR group, Right of the Republic Party, member of ECPM – Poland

Keynote speakers were:
Vice-Admiral RNLN Ben BekkeringPermanent Representative to the EU and NATO - NL
Prof. Dr. Julian Lindley-French A leading advisor, strategist, and author on foreign- and military affairs – UK
Dr. Antoni Pieńkos Director of the analysis division at the Warsaw Institute of Strategic Initiatives – Poland
Each keynote is followed by a panel discussion.

The organisers assembled representatives of SMEs in the defence related industries, members of Eurodefense, EDTA, representatives of governments, National Armaments directors, military personnel (Brussels based) MP's, MEP’s and staff, EDA staff, etc.

Information & registration:
Date:             Wednesday 6 February 2019
Location:       European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Bruxelles, Belgium; Room PHS4B001

The conference was organised by MEP Marek Jurek of the ECR Group in the European Parliament,
supported by the Sallux FoundationEDTA and EuroDefence.

Visit the Sallux website for more information.

Questions: email EDTA president Jan Wind:  

EDTA receives prestigious CiDAN award

posted 29 Nov 2018, 10:43 by Jan Wind   [ updated 23 Dec 2018, 06:11 ]

Philippe LECLERQ of CAIETA receives the award on behalf of EDTA president Jan WIND.  

On 27 November 2018 the Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA) received a prestigious special European CiDAN award for the «European Industrial and Technological Base».

The CiDAN prize was awarded by the jury of European Parliament members and representatives of the European Military Staff (EUMS). EDTA received the award for their contributions to the debate on European defence policy by studies, reports and position papers related to defence technology and military capabilities as well as comments on emerging defence policy proposed and implemented by the European Commission.

The award was presented to EDTA by Prof Ioan Mircea Pascu MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, at the annual Berlin Security Conference on 27 and 28 November 2018. During this conference European ministers of Foreign affairs and Defence, top-level military authorities and defence industry leaders discussed the future of European defence cooperation.

Mr. Philippe LECLERCQ accepted the reward on behalf of the president of the EDTA, Mr. Jan Wind, who unfortunately was unable to attend the ceremony. Mr. LECLERCQ represents CAIETA, one of the EDTA member associations.

The partnership of EDTA and EuroDéfense has been crucial to achieve this award.

The CiDAN award intends to reward outstanding efforts towards promoting European citizenship, and European security and 
defence awareness. The prize was first awarded in 2011, under the High Patronage of the President of the European Council. The prize is organised annually by the association “Civisme Défense Armées Nation” (CiDAN), together with the European Interparliamentary Security and Defence Association, and with the support of the German media group Behörden Spiegel.

Award certificate presented to EDTA and each of their 11 member associations.

EDTA annual report 2017 released

posted 3 May 2018, 03:35 by Jan Wind   [ updated 3 May 2018, 03:39 ]

Below you can download the 2017 annual report of the Federation.

Most relevant activities of the federation were: 
  1. Publish comments on major European defence related policiy documents
    in 2017 we published comments on the:
    - EC communication on the launching of the European Defence Fund,
    - Reflection paper on the future of European Defence

  2. Continued cooperation with our partner EuroDefense 
    in 2017 we published a joint report on Cooperative military education, training and simulation.

  3. Distribute invitations of (inter)national relevant activities among member- and partner associations.

EC needs experts for the Preparatory Action Defence Research (PADR) programme

posted 6 Mar 2018, 14:04 by Jan Wind   [ updated 31 May 2018, 15:35 ]

The first European defence technology research programme of the European Commission (EC) is being started. In the next three years 90 million euro is available for applied research. The first calls have been submitted and grants were awarded. More calls will follow in the near future.

In cooperation with the European Defence Agency the European Commission searches for experts to evaluate project proposals under the Preparatory Action Defence Research (PADR) programme. More about this call for experts can be found in the EC document below. In this document you will also find rules and procedures to apply as expert.

The application procedure is quite cumbersome and takes quite some time and effort. 
Do not forget to check the PADR programme in the programme selection step of your application.

Answer to most questions can be found on the experts page of the European Commission. 
This is also the starting page for your application.

Picture: Pixabay CC0

Call for participation in EU study on cross border SME participation in R&D

posted 21 Feb 2018, 02:31 by Jan Wind   [ updated 21 Feb 2018, 02:52 ]

For some years, the issue of cross-border activities of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the defense sector is on the agenda of the European Commission (EC). Compared to other sectors in the economy SMEs in the defence industry are very much locked into their own nation. The EC does not have a clear view of the causes and potential solutions for this lack of cross-border activities.

As EDTA we addressed this issue late 2016 in our comments to the "European Defence Action Plan":
"The observation in the European Defence Action Plan that innovation and disruptive technological shifts are performed in eco systems of start-ups and SMEs is true in many sectors of the economy, but much less in the defence industry. .... If the Commission intends to stimulate participation of SMEs in the European Defence Technology Industrial Base (EDTIB ) these issues should be addressed."

Our wishes have been answered:
The EC has contracted a study to tackle this problem. The study is being executed by 'Europe Economics' in Londen.

You could contribute to this study and support the EC to develop and adopt policies to increase cross border SME participation in our industry. Please download the invitation below and contact Mr. Sam Winward of Europe Economics directly. T: +44 207 269 2654; E:

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