A three-year pilot programme designed to lay the ground for the EU’s first move into funding defence R&D did not fulfil its purpose. A more strategic approach is needed to ensure research is translated into new defence technologies
To turn things around, the Commission is considering more money for the European Defence Fund, a hub for defence innovation, new financing instruments for defence SMEs and a bigger role for the European Investment Bank
In a controversial move, newly proposed EU defence roadmap includes a plan to allow more synergies between civilian and defence research. Possible involvement of Horizon Europe is unclear in vaguely worded document.