Independent European Programme Group (IEPG)
Groupe européen indépendant de programme (GEIP)
1976-02-02 Rome Italy
2 Feb 1976, Rome (Italy), with the assistance of H-XE4424 - EUROGROUP, on signature of a resolution, as an independent informal grouping of European members of the C-XC3005 - 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 H-XD3431 - Western European Union (WEU) and on setting up of U-XE1970 - 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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Political Level: Meetings of Ministers of Defence (annual). National Armaments Directors (meet every 6 months). Chairmanship rotates between member nations and is normally held for 2 years. Permanent Secretariat, based in Lisbon (Portugal), plays a coordinating role and assists the Chair. Panels: Panel I: Operational requirements and equipment programmes; Panel II: Research and technology; Panel III: Procedures and economic matters, including measures to open up the European defence equipment market.
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