Independent European Programme Group (IEPG)

Groupe européen indépendant de programme (GEIP)

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2 Feb 1976, Rome (Italy), with the assistance of EUROGROUP, on signature of a resolution, as an independent informal grouping of European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with the aim of promoting European collaboration in defence equipment matters. First met at political level in 1984, when ministers agreed to promote more systematic cooperation in research and procurement and to increase the effectiveness of the European defence industrial base. During its lifetime considered the main forum for European cooperation in research, development and production of defence equipment; dissolved by European Defence Ministers, 4 Dec 1992, when functions transferred to Western European Union (WEU) and on setting up of Western European Armaments Group (WEAG).


Assist European cooperation in the field of conventional weapons; improve international cooperation in the acquisition of defence equipment; strengthen the defence industries of member countries; encourage more effective use of resources allocated to research, development and acquisition of arms; promote standardization and interoperability of materials; guarantee maintenance of a solid industrial and technological base for European and allied defence; reinforce the European element in relations with the USA and Canada.

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Meetings of State Secretaries consider reports from National Armaments Directors. Continuous programme of studies: Panel I - study of equipment requirements and operational programmes; Panel II - cooperation in research and technology, based on the European Technology Plan EUCLID, which IEPG was instrumental in setting up; Panel III - responsible for economic questions, notably implementing the Plan of Action approved by the Council of Ministers in Nov 1988 and arising from the Etude de l'industrie de la défense européenne (EIDE). Programmes: 'TRIGAT' for the development of an 3rd generation anti-tank guided missile; an advanced technology ground-air missile programme; 'ASRAAM' Advanced Short-Range Air to Air Missile Programme. European Defence Industries Group (EDIG) acted as consultative body. Proposed setting up European Procurement Agency.


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Members in 13 countries
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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Equipment
  • Industry
    • Industry
  • Defence
    • Defence
    • NATO Bodies
    • Arms
  • Cybernetics
    • Cybernetics

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

12. Aug 1992
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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