Cooperating on technology, such as drones, would be a way to make Europe’s defence industry more competitive.
That is one of the ideas put forward by the European Commission at it unveiled proposals to bolster the sector across EU member states, as national governments cut military budgets.
“From an economic point of view, also it is important to have an internal market in defence; the need to have a more strong industrial basis in defence, the need also to have some research that can have a dual use for the defence and the security dimension,” European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told euronews.
“So, from an economic point of view, especially in a time of huge constraints on our budgets, and also from the political point of view we need a stronger European dimension in terms of defence and security,” Barroso added.
Some 400,000 people work in the defence industry across the EU, but experts claim it is too fragmented across Europe.
The new proposals will be discussed at a summit in December when there will also be discussions on how to bolster a common defence policy.