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Stronger links planned between EU’s military and civil R&D

Image: Piero Cruciatti, European Union

Ideas for tightening ties include a new technology observatory, innovation incubator and flagship projects

The European Commission has published a plan to tighten the links between the civilian and military R&D the EU funds, and to ensure that any resulting technologies benefit the bloc.

Presenting the plan on 22 February, the Commission said the launch of standalone 2021-27 EU programmes on defence, digitisation and space, alongside the next iteration of its R&D programme, “for the first time…presents opportunities to reinforce European innovation by exploring and exploiting the disruptive potential of technologies at the interface between defence, space and civil uses”.

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