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Parliamentary questions
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16 September 2015
Question reference: E-009703/2015

France, Germany and Italy announced at the Council meeting of 18 May 2015 (Foreign Affairs formation with Ministers of Defence) the signature of a letter of intent concerning the development of a European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) programme. The Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation/Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d'Armement (OCCAR) will be responsible for conducting the programme.

The Council will not play a direct role in the financing of this collaborative project involving three EU Member States, which will then own and operate the resulting military capability. Decisions concerning the adoption of any given cooperative economic model will be taken by the relevant participating Member States.

The European Defence Agency (EDA) will mostly support the initiative in the fields of air traffic integration, airworthiness and certification, building on the work already achieved and on the institutional framework in place. The EDA may also facilitate the entry of other European partners into the programme at a later stage, as appropriate.

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