Written by Cecilia Rosa Yáñez
Edited by Piotr Kosik
Supervised by Cansu Macit Karaduman
In the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Europe has been battling a series of challenges, including the pressing need to fortify its defence capabilities. This realisation has led to significant developments in the EU’s defence policy landscape, including adopting the European Defence Industry Reinforcement through the Common Procurement Act (EDIRPA) in October 2023. This Act’s adoption symbolises Europe’s determined response to the evolving security dynamics on the continent and the world stage.
Delving into EDIRPA, its primary imperative is jointly leading the way, with other EU legal initiatives, of the European Union’s defence capabilities reform. It seeks to promote and incentivise cooperation among the Member States in the defence procurement domain. This cooperative route underlines the pooling of resources and coordinating procurement efforts to create an environment that ushers military interoperability among EU nations (Clapp, 2023). Therefore, the ultimate purpose of the Act is to enrich the competitiveness of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB), the core framework regarding the reinforcement of the European Defence Industry. It would do so by ensuring that Europe can suitably defend its interests and respond to emerging security challenges.