A Course of European Defence Agency 

Croatia as  the next member country to take presidency of the Council of the European Union is faced with major challenges. The semestral presidency necessitates excellent preparedess of the government administration and enhanced co-operation in common security and defence policy is one of the priorities […]

Croatia as  the next member country to take presidency of the Council of the European Union is faced with major challenges. The semestral presidency necessitates excellent preparedess of the government administration and enhanced co-operation in common security and defence policy is one of the priorities of the Croatian presidency (HR PRES 2020).          

A EDA Course, organised by the Weapons and Equipment Sector of the Material Resources Directorate of the Ministry of Defence in co-operation with the European Defence Agency and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Austria was held in Zagreb  from 12-22 November 2019.

The Course was administered to provide support to the EU member countries with the enhancement of their defence capabilities through co-operation in education at the EU level, in the domain of common security and defence policy of the EU.  As an engine of defence ministries willing to take part in projects for joint capability, it has become a centre of the European defence co-operation.  

The goal within the Common Foreign and Security Policy is to develop and promote understanding of Common Foreign and Security Policy among the civilian and military personnel, as well as understanding of challenges at the EU level  through training activities, good practice  concerning various topics  within Common Security and Defence Policy and complement the national endeavours in the area of training and education.

The Course – administered by experts of the European Defence Agency, of Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR), of the Office Office for Defense Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy to Croatia and of NATO Support and Procurement Agency.    

The Croatian representatives presented the instruments for the development of defence industry of the Republic of Croatia and the EU, the Croatian operational tasks and objectives within the European Defence Agency Framework for Development of Defence Capabilities as well as the lessons learned – the Croatian defence and the dual-use projects supported by EU instruments.

The Croatian experience with the use of the European structure and investment funds for defence and security and the co-operation with end users in the development of new capabilities, the use of the available commercial assets for the development of dual use equipment, the focus on research and development of defence industry with generation of new values for end users and the use of the Croatian Defense Industry Competitiveness Cluster in support to the Croatian firms for defence and security.

The European programme of industrial development of defence and the European Defence fund are Croatia’s priority domains and topics. The Croatian side also presented the defence priorities of the presidency of the Council.

The Assistant Minister for Material Resources Roman Mikulić emphasised that the participation of the Ministry of Defence to the EU activities in the domain contributed to promotion of awareness of Common Security and Defence Policy.

Croatia as  the next member country to take presidency of the Council of the European Union is faced with major challenges. The semestral presidency necessitates excellent preparedess of the government administration and enhanced co-operation in common security and defence policy is one of the priorities of the Croatian presidency (HR PRES 2020).          

Sandra Činić, photo: Marija SEVER