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European Union – Communication issued by the Commission on the defense industry (July 24, 2013)

France welcomes the communication issued yesterday by the Commission: “Towards a more competitive and efficient European defense and security sector.” This is a significant contribution to the discussions on the strengthening of the European Defense Technological and Industrial Base – which is essential to ensuring the credibility of the Common Security and Defense Policy.

We will examine this communication in detail but we already note - among the many positive things - the Commission’s determination to contribute to this objective, notably through the mobilization of the SMEs and support for research and development programs, especially dual military/ civil-military programs.

The document is consistent with the objectives of the European Council in December devoted to the Common Security and Defense Policy. This event will provide an opportunity for the heads of state and government to set ambitious and concrete guidelines in 3 areas: operations, capacity and development of the European defense industry.



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