Workshop Helsinki PA 25 03 14 clean

Paul Anciaux,
25 March 2014
The European
Structural and
Funds & the
defence sector
Structure of the presentation
1. Setting the scene
2. Cohesion policy 2014-2020 – key features
3. Support to SMEs & (regional) clustering
4. Next steps
5. Links
Setting the scene
Communication Defence & Security Sector, July 2013
"The Commission will use tools designed to support SMEs for the
needs of defence-related SMES. To this end the use of European
Structural and Investment Funds may also be considered"
European Council Conclusions, December 2013
"The European Council welcomes the Commission proposals to
promote greater access of SMEs to defence and security markets and
to encourage strong involvement of SMEs in future EU funding
programmes…Supporting regional networks of SMEs and strategic
clusters is critically important"
2014-2020: €500 billion to invest in growth & jobs
Investing in all regions
ESIF in support of EU industrial policy
• Innovation: ERDF can stimulate investments in
new technologies and innovation, including in areas
of KETs and Advanced Manufacturing
• Access to markets: ERDF will finance
programmes to help SMEs increase their
• Access to finance: EU financial instruments
funded by the ERDF can facilitate access to finance
for businesses, in particular for SMEs
• Human capital: ESF can finance training
programmes (re-skilling)
Focus of investments - 11 thematic objectives
Thematic concentration
Pre-conditions for funding
ERDF - Dual use eligibility
• Where investments are "dual-use" in nature (so
that the resulting infrastructure is available both
for military and civilian operators), the Structural
Funds can provide financial assistance.
• However, such assistance can be provided only
with a view to assisting the attainment of the
civilian objectives
European Social Fund (ESF)
Fully in line with the Europe 2020 strategy
• Promoting employment & supporting labour
• Investing in education, skills & life-long learning
• Promoting social inclusion & combating poverty
• Enhancing institutional capacity & efficient public
European Territorial Cooperation
Financed by the ERDF
Budget 2014-2020: €10.2 billion
• Cross-border cooperation: INTERREG A
• Transnational cooperation: INTERREG B
• Interregional cooperation: INTERREG C
Focus on results
Programming 2014-2020
Adopted December 2013
First half of 2014
Within mandate of current
Commission (except ETC)
Promote more civ-mil cross-fertilisation
through different EU instruments
European Strategic Cluster Partnerships
ESCPs can help to exploit dual-use synergies. Aim to develop
common international strategy and tackle obstacles for SMEs.
First organised on voluntary basis, without any EC funding
COSME will finance establishment of some ESCPs, aiming at
various sectors. Call for proposals in 1st half of 2014. Budget:
€2.25 million
Promote more civ-mil cross-fertilisation
through different EU instruments
Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
>600 EEN Partners provide advice on R&D and
innovation, partnership and brokerage services,
access to finance, advice on public procurement and
legal matters
EEN Sector Groups also offer considerable potential
for supporting SMEs in dual use sectors
Promote more civ-mil cross-fertilisation
through different EU instruments
Networking & guidance
Facilitate regional networking, in particular on smart
specialisation strategies, through workshops and seminars =>
European Network of Defence-related Regions.
Prepare guidance to clarify eligibility rules for dual use projects
under ESIF, and other programmes (COSME, H2020) by
summer 2014.
Next steps
Prepare a Roadmap on the implementation of
the Defence Communication by summer 2014
Report back to Council by June 2015
Regional policy
Enterprise Europe Network
DG Enterprise & Industry – defence industries
Thank you for your attention!

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