Creation of a European Home Market of Security and Defence goods
a conference of the association Mars & Mercurius Europe in
Strasbourg Karl von Wogau, Secretary General of the European Security
Foundation, called for the creation of a European Internal Market for
security and defence goods.
7500 persons participate in missions under the European Security and
Defence Policy, 3000 soldiers and 4500 civilian personnel. It is the
responsibility of the European Institutions to make sure that they
dispose of the adequate equipment for observation, telecommunication,
navigation and transport fore their dangerous missions.
effort is at this time often fragmented between the 27 Member States
of the European Union. It is therefore necessary to create a common
market for security and defence goods which does not yet exist in the
are four main instruments for the creation of a European Internal
Market for Security and Defence:
European legislation concerning intracommunity transfer of security
and defence goods
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European legislation for procurement of security and defence goods
use of common technical standards
an example for possible savings Wogau mentioned the cost of the NH-90
helicopter project which had a total cost of € 20 billion. Four
billion out of these 20 were the cost of certification in the Member
States. In the civilian field European certification has been
introduced, while in the field of security and defence this is not
yet the case.
next steps for the implementation of the Internal Market for defence
goods have to be the implementation of two directives of the European
Parliament and Council by the Member States of the Union concerning
procurement and intracommunity transfer.
far as technical standards are concerned, further work is necessary
from the NATO standardisation bodies as well as CEN, CENELEC and
ETSI, the European Standards Institutes.
the field of certification, a concentrated effort is necessary
concerning unmanned aerial system