Western European Armaments Group (WEAG)

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

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1992-12-04 Bonn Germany


4 Dec 1992, Bonn (Germany), within H-XD3431 - Western European Union (WEU), as an armaments cooperation forum, on transfer of the functions of H-XF1631 - 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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Reports to Defence Ministers and comprises representatives of National Armaments Directors (NADS), with chairmanship rotating among member nations. U-XE3229 - Western European Armaments Organization (WEAO), set up 19 Nov 1996, Ostend (Belgium), provides a legal framework for cooperative armaments activities assigned by WEAG Ministers. WEAG Research Cell set up 1995, has the capacity to place contracts with industries and agencies on behalf of WEAG. European Defence Industries Group.

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