The European Commission has proposed that the EU should spend €80m on defence research in preparation for the inclusion of defence in the next framework programme, an official has said.
The figure was divulged by Silvano Presa, a director of expenditure in the Commission’s Budget directorate-general, when addressing the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets on 31 August. Presa said that the Commission has proposed that €80m over three years should be allocated to the preparatory action on defence research, which is due to start in 2017.
This figure lies within the €75m-€100m budget range recommended for the preparatory action in February by a group set up by the Commission to advise it on the development of a European defence research programme. The Commission has proposed that €25m should be devoted to the preparatory action in 2017.