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16 Nov 1990, Copenhagen (Denmark), as a government-led cooperative research and technology programme within the framework of Western European Armaments Group (WEAG) and with the assistance of Independent European Programme Group (IEPG). Full title: European Cooperation for the Long Term in Defence. Ceased to exist when superseded by EUROPA R and T MOU.


Enable member states of the Western European Armaments Group and their industry to develop and strengthen their defence technology base; encourage national industries to bring out specific and complementary research programmes capable of reinforcing Europe's competitivity in the field.

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Initial list of Common European Priority Areas (CEPAs) (14): Radar and RF Electronic Combat Systems and Technology; Microelectronics; Advanced Materials and Structures; Modular Avionics; Advanced Information Processing and Communications; Opto-Electronic Devices; Satellite Surveillance and Military Space Technology; Underwater Technology and Naval Hydrodynamics; Defence Modelling and Simulation Technology; Aerothermodynamics; Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence Technology; Energetic Materials; Missile, UAV and Robotic Technology; Electrical Engineering. Research and Technology Projects (RTPs) are initiated and organized in each CEPA and defined by governments after detailed consultation with experts from industry, research establishments and academia. 'EUROFINDER' initiative, launched 1996 on recommendation of the European Defence Industries Group (EDIG), aims to further involve industry in developing a comprehensive cooperative programme strategy and includes organization of a conference (annually, in Brussels). Industrial consortia are invited to bid to participate but are free to create their own proposals. Eurofinder is a parallel mechanism to the already functioning 'Programme MOU (PMOU)' which relies on review and development of national requirements within CEPA Steering Committees. Western European Armaments Organization (WEAO), a WEU subsidiary body, is a potential basis for a proposed European Armaments Agency (EAA). WEAO Research Cell, the WEAO executive body, facilitates management of research and technology projects conducted under EUCLID.


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Subjects *

  • Commerce
    • Conditions of Trade
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Defence
    • Defence
    • Arms
  • Technology
    • Technology

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



Last News Received

1. Jun 2004
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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