EP allows EU militarisation and the development of controversial weapons

3rd luglio 2018By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

Today the European Parliament adopted the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) proposed by the European Commission in June 2017, as a precursor of the future European Defence Fund. The European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) is highly concerned by the adoption of such programme to subsidize the arms industry. By accepting the EDIDP, the … Read More

Open Statement to Members of the European Parliament: “Stop EU funding to military R&D”

29th giugno 2018By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Open letter

Today, the European Network Against Arms Trade, SumOfUs and WeMove.EU sent an Open Statement to all Euro-Parliamentarians, asking them to resist further steps towards a militarization of the EU. Indeed, on Tuesday 3 July, the European Parliament will have its final vote on the European Defense Industrial Development Programme, already agreed by our national governments. … Read More

Over 700 researchers call on colleagues to speak out against EU military research programme

27th giugno 2018By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

Today a coalition of science and peace organisations has launched the European initiative Researchers for Peace. Over 700 scientists and academics, most from 19 EU countries, have signed an online statement which calls on the EU to stop funding military research. They invite their colleagues in the research community to add their support. www.researchersforpeace.eu Read … Read More

The European Defence Fund will merely benefit the industry and trigger arms race in autonomous weapons, says ENAAT

13th giugno 2018By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

Today the European Commission released its proposals for the Security and Defence heading under the next EU long-term budget. They confirm an unprecedented funding level for security and military priorites, with a Defence Fund jumping by 2200%. “The European Defence Fund will subsidize private actors for the Research & Development of controversial weaponry, which will … Read More

Press Release: Online info tool on EU Defence Fund provides all you need to know ahead of the European Summit

13th dicembre 2017By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

Tomorrow the European Summit will welcome the launch of the Permanent Structured cooperation (PESCO) and review ‘progress’ in other areas of Defence, and the European Parliament will discuss the EC proposal to fund the development phase of new military capabilities with the EU budget, as part of the European Defence Fund. The European Network Against … Read More

“How the arms industry is hijacking Europe’s defence policy”: a new report from Vredesactie documents the symbiotic relationship between the arms industry and the EU institutions.

19th ottobre 2017By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union

40 billion euros. That’s how much the European Union wants to spend on the research and development of new weapons during the next 10 years. The establishment of the European Defence Fund is an unprecedented acceleration in the militarization of the EU and only serves one purpose: sustaining the competitiveness of the arms industry. The … Read More

civil society calls for EU research agenda to shift focus from private benefits to global public goods

3rd luglio 2017By Laëtitia SédouEuropean Union, Press release

ENAAT contributed to a “civil society perspective on the next EU research Framwork Programme (FP9)” calling for the next EU Research policy to shift its focus from jobs, growth and competitiveness, including subsidies for the arms industry, to delivering global public goods for its citizens. “The EU is a peace project. There can be no … Read More