Launch event of the European Defence Fund

Official live launch event of the European Defence Fund Programme

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The launch event dedicated to the adoption of the European Defence Fund (EDF) Regulation and the EDF Work Programme for 2021 will be a unique occasion to celebrate the official launch of EDF.

Through the EDF Programme, the EU will be able to co-finance collaborative and cross-border research and development actions in the defence sector on an unprecedented scale. In doing so, EDF will support the competitiveness of the EU Defence Industry and contribute to the strategic autonomy of the Union and its Member States.

This High-level event will feature three sessions, bringing together high-level decision makers and stakeholders of the European defence sector. It will showcase the results achieved so far through its precursor Programmes, the Preparatory Action on Defence Research [PADR 2017-2019] and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme [EDIDP 2019-2020]. It will also reveal the priorities of the first-ever EDF Work Programme.

The conference will be hosted by the European Commission/DG DEFIS as the EDF is a Union programme.


Session #1 – EDF: A Paradigm Shift?


Journalists can register for the Virtual Press Point here. Public viewers will be able to follow the session via the live stream on this webpage.

Session #2 – Latest outcomes for EU defence industry, Exchange with Director General Pesonen

Session #3 – EU Cooperation in Defence R&D: from the precursors to the Fund