Western European Armaments Group (WEAG)

Groupe armement de l'Union de l'Europe occidentale (GAEO)

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4 Dec 1992, Bonn (Germany), within Western European Union (WEU), as an armaments cooperation forum, on transfer of the functions of Independent European Programme Group (IEPG) to WEU decided by IEPG Defence Ministers. Official title adopted from May 1993, Rome (Italy), following meeting of IEPG Defence Ministers. Closed by 23 May 2005, following decision by WEAG Defence Ministers meeting, 22 Nov 2004, Brussels (Belgium).


Make more efficient use of resources through increased harmonization of operational requirements; open up national defence markets to crossborder competition; strengthen the European defence technological and industrial base; cooperate in research and development.

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'Panel I - Cooperative Equipment Programme' - promotes cost-effective cooperative equipment programmes which fulfil WEAG nations' military requirements while improving European defence industrial base; compares national armament replacement schedules; establishes sub-groups aiming at harmonizing requirements through development of Feasibility Studies and European Staff Requirements, leading to development and production between collaborating nations; monitors development and production phases through project groups; reports to NADs with recommendations for action.

'Panel II - Research and Technology Cooperation' - strengthens the European position in defence research and technology, especially through EUCLID programmes involving industry and research institutes; considers spontaneous proposals from industrial consortia through EUROFINDER mechanism. WEAO Research Cell (WRC), extends and improves Panel II research activities by allowing it to place contracts on behalf of participating nations. Umbrella MOU 'European Understandings for Research Organisation, Programmes and Activities (EUROPA)', signed on 15 May 2001, was based on principles of transparency and flexibility and designed to cover a wide variety of different R and T projects and programmes.

'Panel III - Procedures and Economic Matters' - made dormant.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 26 countries
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Subjects *

  • Commerce
    • Conditions of Trade
  • Research, Standards
    • Quality Unification
  • Defence
    • Defence
    • Arms

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



Last News Received

1. Feb 2005
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