It goes without saying that procurement is an area very well-suited to the increase in the effectiveness of military spending. This is also reflected in the EDA’s mandate as laid down in Art 45 of the Treaty on European Union which tasks the Agency, among other things, to promote the adoption of effective procurement methods as well as to contribute to identifying and, if necessary, implementing any useful measure for strengthening the technological and industrial base of the defence sector and for improving the effectiveness of military expenditure.
Accordingly, the Ministers of Defence, during the previous Steering Board in May this year, called upon the EDA to explore new opportunities for more effective procurement methods through developing practical and innovative ways for more cooperative action, including common military and commercial off-the-shelf procurement and to develop guidelines and best practices facilitating bi- and multilateral collaborative procurement.
In the current economic climate, implementing these tasks becomes even more pressing to ensure the continuous support of our Armed Forces by getting best value for money at the same time. In some instances and for some EU Member States pooling demand could actually be the only way to grant access to a specific capability.
by Reinhard Marak, EDA’s Senior Officer for Defence Market.