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Factsheet: CF SEDSS Phase III

Factsheet CF SEDSS Phase III

Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS) Phase III.

A New Impetus In June 2019, the Council of the European Union (EU) acknowledged the progress achieved in phases I and II (2015-2019) by the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS) and endorsed the launch of a third phase. The Council also called for strengthening of “cooperation in tackling energy security challenges, including via energy efficiency, renewable energy solutions and the protection of critical energy infrastructure.”

Building on this call, the European Commission and the European Defence Agency (EDA) launched in October 2019 the third phase of the CF SEDSS, which will run until September 2023.

Defence data


The European Defence Agency collects defence data on an annual basis which is provided by the Ministries of Defence of the Agency’s 27 Member States. EDA acts as the custodian of the data and publishes the aggregated figures in its annual Defence Data Reports.

EDA’s defence data publications provide key indicators such as total defence expenditure, defence investment, collaborative investment and spending on research and technology.

A complete dataset is available since 2006, based on the revised list of indicators, including the four agreed collective benchmarks for investment, as approved by the Agency’s Ministerial Steering Board.