Norway signs co-operative arrangement with EDA
Last updated: 08.06.2009 //
Norway’s Administrative Arrangement with the European Defence Agency (EDA) was finalised in Innsbruck on 7 March 2006 and signed by the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Anne-Grethe Strøm-Erichsen, and the EU’s High Representative and Head of the EDA, Javier Solana.
The agreement will give Norway access to participation in projects and programmes under the European Defence Agency. Hence, it will give Norway the possibility to be a partner in European collaboration on defence equipment, joint defence research and technology projects, and joint development of future military capabilities in Europe.
The EU Ministers of Defence had their semi-annual informal meeting in Innsbruck on 6 and 7 March, followed by a Steering Board meeting in EDA at ministerial level. The Steering Board finalised what is formally known as the Administrative Arrangement with Norway, and consequently opened for it to be signed.
“This agreement will be of great importance for our co-operation with the EU, both on defence and industrial matters. It will give Norway’s Armed Forces access to European armaments collaboration and Norway’s defence industry access to international co-operation and new markets”, the Norwegian Minister of Defence stated after the agreement had been signed.
The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the EU Council of Ministers on 12 July 2004, in order to “support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future”. The EDA’s activities are handled through a Capabilities Directorate, Research & Technology Directorate, Armaments Directorate, Industry & Market Directorate, and Corporate Services Directorate.