Statewatch article: RefNo# 36183
EU: New "Group of Personalities" (GoP) advance need for "military research" in EU following the "security research" initiative
Statewatch News Online, March 2016
New "Group of Personalities" (GoP) advance need for "military research" in EU following the "security research" initiative: Report of the Group of Personalities on the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research: EUROPEAN DEFENCE RESEARCH: The case for an EU-funded defence R&T programme (5 MB, pdf)

"Europe’s capacity to provide for its own security depends on our ability to continuously innovate to ensure technological leadership and be a credible partner to our allies. The recent dramatic falls in investment in R&T risk undermining our efforts to support the sector and our broader defence and security goals....

This work on research in defence is part of a broader policy goal to strengthen European defence cooperation. To that effect, the Commission will present an Action Plan on defence this year."


Members of the GoP: High-level group of personalities on defence research (pdf) Not an NGO/civil society in sight.

See: EU DEFENCE UNION: Yet another elite "Group of Personalities" set up: Bienkowska launches high-level defence research group (Statewatch database) and EU: Commission proposes military research programme (Statewatch database)

See: Statewatch publications: Security research initiative: Neoconopticon: the EU security-industrial complex (pdf) by Ben Hayes and Arming Big Brother: the EU's Security Research Programme by Ben Hayes

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