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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.

The Government has now responded to the Committee's letter.

Letter from the Minister

Letter from the Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, 9 October 2017: Future of European Defence (PDF PDF 216 KB)

Letters to the Minister

Letter from Committee to the Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, 15 September 2017: Future of European Defence (PDF PDF 75 KB)

Letter from Committee to the Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, 20 October 2017: Future of European Defence (PDF PDF 67 KB)

Related documents

Explanatory Memorandum from the Government, 10 July 2017: European Defence Fund (EDF) (PDF PDF 182 KB)

Explanatory Memorandum from the Government, 10 July 2017: European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) (PDF PDF 89 KB)

Explanatory Memorandum from the Government, 13 July 2017: Reflection Paper on the Future of European Defence (PDF PDF 94 KB)

Reflection Paper on the Future of European Defence, 7 June 2017

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