Monday, 2 November 2020 at 09:43 Edited Monday, 2 November 2020 at 09:49
2019 report of the H2020 PASAG on Optimising access to dual-use R&T and R&D results for security
The Commission has made public the 2019 report of the H2020 PASAG on Optimising access to dual-use R&T and R&D results for security.
This report brings very timely insights on the challenges and opportunities for the exploitation of synergies between civil security and defence research and technology development in view of the funding programmes foreseen for the next Multi-annual Financial Framework.
In this paper, the Group has firstly gone through the analysis of a potential scope for dual use within the current and future defence research and development programmes to understand whether there are areas within which to increase the coordination and synergies between security and defence programmes. Secondly, it has addressed the access to dual-use R&T and R&D results for security stakeholders at the EU level and has finally provided strategic and technical recommendations for optimising such access, while maintaining separated the two research and development programmes.
The most important recommendation provided by the Group to the EC is to undertake a number of short and long-term measures to increase the strategic coordination between the two programmes in order to avoid possible risks of duplication of (public) investments within areas of dual interest (at the project selection stage) and also to improve the synchronisation of topics between the respective work programmes. The latter would facilitate the preliminary identification of potential topics and projects of common interest whose results could be shared between security and defence stakeholders.
Within the strategic coordination mechanism mentioned above, security and defence actors would definitely gain a wider knowledge of the respective projects and results and would therefore ensure to reduce duplication and maximize public investment in research and development.
By way of a conclusion to this analysis, it should be noted that the impact of such coordination and access to results could however have little effect on the structure of the industrial base or on any decisive improvement of the equipment of forces, in the absence of a common or concerted acquisition policy between MS in both sectors.