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The budget of the European Defense Agency: at least

(BRUSSELS2) The budget of the European Defense Agency – which is normally called upon to play an increased role in the new European defense policy (PeSDC) implemented by the Treaty of Lisbon – was adopted by the 26 Ministers of the Defense, Tuesday, slight (very slight) increase. The Agency will thus have a budget in 2010 of… 31 million (compared to 30 million euros, one million euros more compared to 2009). This includes 8,4 million euros of operational budget for studies and will make it possible to recruit 4 additional people. Which will bring the agency to have 113 people…

113 people! Here is the entire workforce that the Europeans agree to pool to carry out European Defense industrial projects. We see that the resources allocated are not consistent with the ambitions displayed and the needs mentioned. We thus understand better why certain projects “stagnate”. The Agency has still not succeeded in obtaining the vote for a multi-annual budget, which would be in line with the multi-annual program that it intends to develop. “ All states agree except one » said Alexander Weis, the director of the Agency when I questioned him on this point. And " It’s always the same state that doesn’t agree”. Clearly, the United Kingdom has once again vetoed…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “The budget of the European Defense Agency: at least"

  • Frederic

    Note that this agency has never used up all of the credits allocated to it:

    Year Budget (in millions of €) Expenditure (in millions of €) 2004 1,9 0,4 2005 21,2 20,7 2006 22,3 18,8 2007 22,1 21,5 2008 32,0 26,2 2009 30,0 ? 2010 31,0 ?

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