In cooperation with the Federation of European Defence Technology Associations (EDTA) EURODEFENSE has developed remarks on the “Action plan of the European Commission on synergies between civil, defence and space industries” as published on 22 February 2021 (EU reference COM(2021) 70). Among others, these comments have been sent to the Presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament.
The global challenges posed by climate change to our current and future societies and the necessary energy transition that arises, are imperatively reflected in all political, strategic and scientific programs in progress, in particular from the beginning of the 21st century and specifically in Europe. The EU aims to achieve global leadership in the field of new environmental policies, with deep decarbonisation and climate neutrality, with the widespread use of renewable energies, setting very precise goals and objectives for its Member States (EU could become a standard-setter for energy transition). The impact of the energy transition model in Europe and in the World over the next few decades will lead to several advances in the fields of technology and science. This new cycle will focus on the fields of digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), the identification of innovative energy models, new efficient industrial components, communication processes, mapping of electrical networks and data management, and a whole use of resources and skills that can (hopefully) give to the society, people and the planet, a more balanced and sustainable alternative.
In November 2015 the EuroDéfense network and EDTA signed a partnership agreement. The complementary goals and interests of EuroDéfense and EDTA led to a logical relationship where information exchange and mutual support may help both associations in their endeavours.
Due to the corona crisis that also affected Europe from March 2021, activities were limited and often focused on a national level or absent. Hence, cooperation was limited in 2020.
EURODEFENSE Working Group 27 was established to “prepare a Policy Proposal to be submitted by EURODEFENSE to the security- and defence-related EU institutions such as the EU Council, the Commission and the EU Parliament” and formulate a concept for the development of the EU defence organisation within the present legal framework and given present political realities.
This report focuses on the policies, need and options for use of sustainable energy in major military combat systems like naval vessels, aircraft, vehicles and in military compounds, especially during operations. Energy transition could be a necessity to adapt to in a new fossil fuel free society and an opportunity to achieve a smaller logistical footprint or more effective military capabilities.
European defence cooperation on education, training and simulation has many important advantages to enhance skills, share European military culture for our military men and women, and reduce costs. The importance of cooperative training and the intention to make training an element of the permanent structured cooperation has been agreed in the Lisbon Treaty. This intention was reinforced in more recent papers on European cooperation, but omitted in the European Defence Fund. Simulation technology for training goals was never mentioned. Hence, we believe cooperation on education, training and simulation needs more attention.