European Defence Agency
|European Defence Agency|
|Formation||July 2004 (established)|
|Director||Madame Claude-France Arnould|
|Budget||€30 million (2009)|
The European Defence Agency (EDA; French: Agence européenne de défense, AED) is an agency of the European Union (EU) based in Brussels, Belgium. Set up on 12 July 2004, it is a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) body reporting to the Council of the European Union. Its primary role is to foster European defence cooperation.
The Council established the EDA "to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future”. Within that overall mission are four functions;
- Development of defence capabilities in the field of crisis management.
- Promotion and enhancement of European armaments cooperation.
- Working to strengthen the Defence Technology and Industrial Base and for the creation of an internationally competitive European Defence Equipment Market.
- Enhancement of the effectiveness of European Defence Research and Technology.
These tasks have been distilled into four strategies:
- The Capability Development Plan (CDP) provides to Member States an auditable picture and assessment of capability trends and requirements, over the short, medium and long term, in order to inform national decisions on defence investments; this includes the identification of areas for cooperation for capability improvement, and the proposal concerning options for collective solutions. The CDP is the overall strategic tool, the ‘driver’ for R&T investment, for armaments cooperation and for the defence industries.
- The European Defence Research & Technology (EDRT) strategy aims at enhancing more effective R&T in support of military capabilities. The EDRT strategy defines the ‘Ends’ (in which key technologies to invest), the ‘Means’ (how to do this) and the ‘Ways’ to implement the ends and means through roadmaps and action plans.
- The European Armaments Cooperation (EAC) strategy is focussed on promoting and enhancing more effective European armaments co-operation in support of CSDP capability needs. The EAC strategy defines how to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of European armaments programmes by a series of actions, applying lessons learned from past experiences through a ‘Guide to Armaments Co-operation Best Practice’.
- The European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) strategy describes the future European defence industrial landscape, based on the three Cs: Capability-driven, Competent and Competitive. The future EDTIB has to be more integrated, less duplicative and more interdependent, with increased specialisation, for example by establishing industrial centres of excellence. It refers to action fields for which Governments will be responsible, such as consolidating demand and investment. Logically, the strategy links the work on realising the future EDTIB to the Agency’s activities on the European Defence Equipment Market. Special attention is paid to the importance of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises with their typical flexibility and capacity to innovate.
 Current Projects
The EDA works in a wide variety of areas. Some of its most notable current projects are listed below:
|Helicopter training||Several major multinational helicopter exercises held. Simulator training program. From 2008 to 2011, 58 helicopters, 114 crews and 1300 personnel participated.|
|Air transport training||First multinational exercise held this year. Program set to grow.|
|Air-to-air refuelling||Project announced March 2012 to meet capability gap.|
|Go Green||Test case on using solar power to reduce military energy needs.|
|Field Hospital||Building multinational modular field hospital.|
|Counter-IED||Counter-IED Forensic Laboratory deployed to Afghanistan in July 2011. Training ongoing.|
|Communication and Information Systems||Communication architecture training to improve interoperability.|
|Maritime Surveillance||Networking project to share maritime monitoring information.|
|Third Party Logistics||Web-portal, expert network and other tools to help Ministries of Defence identify commercial solutions to logistical tasks. Employed for EU Operation ATALANTA.|
|European Satellite Communication||Procurement cell to buy satellite communication services at lower rates.|
|Cyber defence||Studying current cyber defence capabilities in Europe to identify gaps.|
|Radio spectrum||Cooperating with European Commission on radio spectrum and harmonising military input.|
|Space Situational Awareness||Harmonizing military input into joint civil-military efforts.|
|CapTech||Network of experts from across the continent on research into key capability technologies. Recently developed Strategic Research Agendas for each.|
|Joint Investment Program-CBRN||Cooperating with civil authorities to prepare for CBRN events, with an especial focus on biological threats.|
|Joint Investment Program-Force Protection||18 concurrent research projects to protect soldiers and vehicles, especially focused on ballistic protection.|
|Joint Investment Program-Innovative Concepts and Emerging Technologies||Forward-looking research projects, such as in metamaterials, nanomaterials and helicopter fuselage crack monitoring.|
|Unmanned Maritime Systems||Ensuring harmonisation on unmanned maritime systems that tackle mines and carry out other tasks.|
|Military Green||Building consensus on approaches to environmental sustainability in military operations.|
|Maritime Mine Counter Measures||Understanding and identifying gaps in European capabilities for countering maritime mines.|
|Biological Equipment||Developing and demonstrating equipment to detect, identify and monitor biological agents.|
|Future Unmanned Aerial Systems||Understanding industry views and building consensus for future courses on European UAS projects.|
|Future Transport Helicopter||Understanding industry views and building consensus for future courses on European transport helicopter project.|
|Advanced European Joint Pilot Training||Understanding member state and industry views on joint training for pilots.|
|Software Defined Radio||Coordinating with civilian bodies to develop European software-defined radio technology.|
|Space Based Earth Observation||Working with European Space Agency on earth observation ground segments, and supporting multinational space-based imagery system.|
|Unmanned Air System||Worked on Midair Collision Avoidance Systems. Providing military input to wider EU work.|
|Airworthiness||Harmonising national military airworthiness regulations through MAWA forum.|
|Single European Sky||Harmonising military implementation of and input into the civil-military Single European Sky project.|
|European Defence Equipment Market in the Global Context||Identifying and reducing barriers to trade for European defence firms.|
|Code of Conduct on Defence Procurement and Electronic Bulletin Board||Encouraging cross-border competitiveness in defence procurement through standard procurement practices and public announcements.|
|Effective Procurement Methods||Consolidating European procurement demand to deliver increased efficiencies and economies of scale.|
|Security of Supply||Electronic portal to help key stakeholders stay informed about security of supply issues.|
|Key Industrial Capabilities||Understanding and prioritising key industrial capabilities based on stakeholder consensus.|
|Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises||Improving access to defence contracts for SMEs, by ensuring timely payment, improving information flow and building guidelines for equitable treatment of all firms.|
|Article 346||Building understanding of EU competitiveness requirements and the status of defence exemptions.|
The Agency is monitored and managed in three ways.
- Head of the Agency: Responsible for overall organisation and functioning, ensures implementation of guidelines and decisions, chairs ministerial meetings of Steering Board. Currently, High Representative Catherine Ashton
- Steering Board: The agency's decision making body, composed of the defence ministers of participating Member States together with a representative of the European Commission and led by the Head of the Agency
- Chief executive: Head of staff and responsible for supervision and co-ordination of units. Currently Madame Claude-France Arnould.
 Head of EDA
 Chief executive of EDA
- Mr Nick Witney, 2004–2007
- Herr Alexander Weis, 2007–2010.
- Madame Claude-France Arnould, 2011–.
The post of chief executive was vacant from October 2010 to January 2011 when Baroness Catherine Ashton appointed Madame Claude-France Arnould in succession to Herr Alexander Weis. It was reported that this nomination was being blocked by the Italian government which wished to see its own candidate take up the post.
 Internal Structure
The Agency is composed of five directorates:
- Industry and markets
- Research & Technology
- Corporate Services
The agency is financed by its members in proportion to their Gross National Income. An effect of this is that some nations pay different contributions towards the budgets than others. For example in 2007 the biggest budgetary contributor was Germany at a cost of €4,202,027 followed by the United Kingdom paying €3,542,487, and France paying €3,347,139.
This budget covers the Agency's operating costs. Individual projects are funded separately.
The budget and expenditure of the EDA is given in the table below
|Year||Budget (€ millions)||Expenditure (€ millions)|
|2012||Data not yet available||Data not yet available|
As of 2012, EDA has a staff of 116.
All EU member states take part in the agency, except Denmark, which has opted out of the CFSP. Norway, which is not an EU member, has been granted an opt-in to participate in EDA programmes on a case-by-case basis, without voting rights.
 Future review of the United Kingdom’s membership status
In 2010 it was reported  that should the British Conservative party win the 2010 General Election, then they would withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Defence Agency. On 28 October 2010 the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lord Astor of Hever) at the British Ministry of Defence stated in the House of Lords that:
"The Secretary of State for Defence has agreed that we will remain in the European Defence Agency for a period of two years, then we will review the status of our membership".
Two years later, in October 2012, Lord Astor confirmed that this review was indeed under progress, and that "all options, including complete withdrawal, [were] being considered".
The European Defence Agency is part of several decades of steadily more formal defence cooperation in Europe. Its work is a continuation of the work of the Western European Armaments Organization (WEAO) and the Western European Armaments Group (WEAG) – it effectively represents the transference of their functions from the WEU to the EU framework, and thus continues the decommissioning of the WEU. It may also be seen as growing out of the Eurofighter Typhoon project, and other collaborative defence efforts.
 See also
- European Defence Community
- European Defence Initiative
- European Union defence procurement
- Franco-British Defence and Security Cooperation Treaty and Downing Street Declaration
- Military of the European Union
- NATO Research and Technology Organisation
- Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR)
- Western European Union (WEU)
- European Defence Agency Official website (eda.europa.eu)
- Council Joint Action 2004/551/CFSP of 12 July 2004 on the establishment of the European Defence Agency Official website (eur-lex.europa.eu)
- European Defence White Paper EU ISS Document
-  EDA Corporate Brochure
- "Catherine Ashton welcomes appointment of EDA Chief Executive". Brussels. 7 January 2011.
- Vogel, Toby (25 November 2010 / 05:15 CET). "Budget casts shadow over launch of EEAS". European Voice.
- "Organisation". About us. EDA. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY 2007 FINANCIAL REPORT June 2008
- George Parker, Jean Eaglesham and James Blitz, "Hague proffers EU olive branch", Financial Times, 9 March, 2010
- "European Defence Agency, Question, Asked by Lord Anderson of Swansea" Lords Hansard, 28 October 2010