Statewatch article: RefNo# 34772
EU DEFENCE UNION: Yet another elite "Group of Personalities" set up: Bienkowska launches high-level defence research group
Statewatch News Online, March 2015
"Elzbieta Bienkowska , Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, launched a new high-level group to advise the EU on how it can support research on a future defence union."

See the article: Bienkowska launches high-level defence research group (euractiv, link)

See: High-level group of personalities on defence research (pdf)

Background: First EDA-Commission workshop on the preparatory action for CSDP-related research (European Defence Agency, link)

And ASD: Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe: Position paper (pdf): "ASD represents the Aeronautics, Space, Security and Defence industries in Europe. Based in Brussels, the organisations membership today comprises 15 major European aerospace and defence companies and 27 member associations in 20 countries"

Background:
- EU: Commission proposes military research programme (Statewatch database)
- Arming Big Brother: the EU's Security Research Programme (Statewatch, pdf): "The story of the EU Security Research Programme is one of Big Brother meets market fundamentalism. It was personified by the establishment in 2003 of a Group of Personalities (GoP) comprised of EU officials and Europes biggest arms and IT companies."
- And the ground-breaking report from Statewatch & TNI:
NeoConOpticon: The EU Security-Industrial Complex by Ben Hayes (pdf)

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