Project Teams (PTs) composed of national and EDA experts are instrumental for the definition and execution of EDA’s projects. They are defined by the various areas of work, the Agency is entrusted with. Currently some 20 PTs are active within EDA.
PTs are made up of experts of Member States interested in or actively working on dedicated topics. A PT is normally chaired by a representative from the Member States who is supported in his duties by EDA staff. The PTs task is to prepare all required documents for a proper decision-making on the launch of a project preparation phase, in most cases involving firm budget related commitments of Member States. The PT works on conceptual issues related to the project, supporting activities such as designing and running pilot training courses or exercises.
In the case of equipment related projects, the PT will develop a “Common Staff Target” (CST) which expresses harmonised military needs. On approval of a CST by Member States the decision will be taken as to whether the project should continue to a preparation phase.
In the case of a positive decision, interested Member States can commit themselves to a project which then progresses work in more detail on a dedicated output. PTs are regularly supported by all relevant subject matter experts of pMS or EDA.