European Defence Fund offers opportunities for Dutch SMEs


This summer, the European Commission is expected to publish the work programme for the European Defence Fund (EDF).

The fund intends to encourage companies from different member states to jointly develop and purchase defence equipment. This should strengthen the European defence industry and stimulate innovation. The previous PADR and EDIDP programmes had positive results for the Netherlands. With the EDF, the European Commission is explicitly targeting SMEs, as they can play a central role in the complex defence supply chains in Europe. This article elaborates on the opportunities for Dutch SMEs in the EDF.

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Robert Wester

Managing director EU

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Adriaan Zondag

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