Factsheet: The 2023 EU Capability Development Priorities

CDP 2023

The EU Capability Development Plan is the central reference for defence planning in the EU and the baseline for all European defence-related initiatives, such as the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the European Defence Fund (EDF), and any future EU Defence supporting tools. In line with the Strategic Compass, the revised EU Capability Development Priorities shall also serve as a prime reference for national planning. They answer a simple question: which capabilities should EU Member States focus on together to be ready for the future?