The future of European defence

On 14 September 2017, the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee considered the European Commission's Reflection Paper on the Future of European Defence, Proposal for a Regulation on the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and Communication on the European Defence Fund (EDF).

The Committee decided to retain these items under scrutiny and wrote a letter to the Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, requesting further information on a number of issues:

  • The Government's position on the role the Commission should play in the EDF;
  • The UK Government's criteria to define EU undertakings and ways the EDIDP should be opened up to ensure sufficient investment;
  • The amendments the UK would like to see, and how the UK will ensure that it will still be able to apply for EDIDP funding after Brexit; and
  • What a positive relationship with the EU on the EDF would look like from the Government’s perspective.

Letter to the Minister

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