Written by Sebastian Clapp (1st edition).
On 19 July 2022, the Commission put forward a proposal for a regulation on establishing the European defence industry reinforcement through common procurement act (EDIRPA). On 1 December 2022, the Council adopted its general approach. EDIRPA is a short-term joint defence procurement instrument worth €500 million. It seeks to address the most urgent and critical defence capability gaps and is aimed at incentivising Member States to procure defence products jointly. It does not prescribe what will be procured, as this is left up to the Member States that will need to fulfil the criteria set by EDIRPA.
The proposal follows the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has reshaped the geopolitical environment in Europe dramatically and intensified discussions across EU capitals on defence investments and capabilities. Given a practical mandate at the Versailles Summit in March 2022, the Commission presented a defence investment gap analysis in May 2022, proposing the EDIRPA as one of a number of means to address defence-related investment, capability and industrial gaps
- January 2023: European defence industry reinforcement through common procurement act (EDIRPA) (1st edition)
|Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the European defence industry reinforcement through common procurement act|
|Committees responsible:||Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Foreign Affairs (AFET) (jointly – Rule 58)||COM(2022) 349|
|Rapporteur:||Michael Gahler (EPP, Gerrnany) and Zdzisław Krasnodębski (ECR, Poland)||2022/0219(COD)|
|Shadow rapporteurs:||To be appointed||Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)|
(Parliament and Council on equal footing
– formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected: Publication of draft report|