Boosted by the current UE’s geopolitical context, this Regulation proposal echoed previous initiatives (the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, the Preparatory Action on Defence Research, and the European Defense Fund) and was shaped to complete them consistently. Those instruments aim to rethink the EU’s defence plans and capacities and enhance responsibility assumptions. The European Council triggered the EDIRPA Regulation initiative last May during the Versailles Declaration dating from 11 March (Informal meeting of the Heads of State or Government Versailles Declaration, 2022).
Many European countries have been caught off guard by unprecedented Russian aggression against Ukraine and, for the time being, the European states are right on their way to strengthening their defence capabilities. Flooding Ukraine with weaponry remains the top priority nowadays, precipitating worthy efforts to make this weapons transfer happen. This Info Flash seeks to outline Europe’s options to face up to challenges posed by the Kremlin in terms of its military capabilities. The IF will review the 'war-economy' dimension of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, attending to its impact on arms manufacture and sales.
Amid the COVID-19 sanitary crisis and the current tense geopolitical situation in Europe due to the war in Ukraine, France is seeking to achieve industrial and technological sovereignty. As references to « sovereignty » grow on the national stage, the scope of the use of this term has been extended to different areas. Talks on that topic can go from defence and security matters to water, health, energy, transport , space or even communications. We will be addressing more specifically within the frameworks of this Info Flash one aspect of this issue, which is related to French sovereignty in the fields of technology and industry.
Russia is displaying an unprecedented military might in the Arctic region by testing its newest nuclear torpedo in a region currently freed from ice due to climate change. This is part of a chain of actions to secure its northern coast as the Arctic terrain is becoming a key issue for security, especially for Russia and the United States.