Cooperation at EDA is entirely voluntary: common projects are either initiated by the Agency itself or brought to it by one or several Member States. Projects and programmes are inclusive, meaning that additional Member States can join anytime. Know-how, new technologies and final equipment and capabilities developed at EDA are owned by participating countries which also finance the projects they are involved in.
Multinational capability development at EDA covers the whole life-cycle of a project, from research and development and definition of common standards and requirements to design planning, industrial development and procurement of new defence equipment.
All capability domains are covered: land, air, sea, cyber and space.