The European Defence Agency (EDA), supports its 26 Member States in improving their defence capabilities through European cooperation. Acting as an enabler and facilitator for Ministries of Defence willing to engage in collaborative capability projects, the Agency has become the ‘hub’ for European defence cooperation with expertise and networks allowing it to the whole spectrum of defence capabilities.
Member States use EDA as an intergovernmental expert platform where their collaborative projects are supported, facilitated, and implemented. Member States can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to participate in projects, depending on their needs and interests. The core of what we do is offering a level of expertise and activities that cover the whole spectrum of defence cooperation.
EDA promotes and supports defence research at EU level. Based on the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), developed together with the Member States, the Directorate coordinates and plans joint research activities and the study of technical solutions to meet future operational needs.
EDA facilitates work to address the implications of EU legislation and policies for the defence sector: REACH, procurement, funding instruments and the analysis of developments influencing governmental and industrial stakeholders.
EDA initiates, develops and manages training and exercise activities for rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including RPAS, cyber defence, counter-IEDs and energy management.