Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 12/2013

More Competitive, More Efficient? The 2013 European Commission Defence Communication

Daniel Fiott

September 2013

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations


The European Commission has now released its 2013 Communication on defence - industrial policy. But does the latest set of policy ideas offer European defence - industrial cooperation any new impetus? This Brief argues that while the majority of the Commission ’s initiatives are not new, some much needed ideas have made their way into the latest Communication.