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Parliamentary questions
23 January 2014
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 117
Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Drones and European defence

Recent studies and field operations conducted by the armed forces of various Member States have brought to light a series of major deficiencies that need to be addressed, including the lack of any ISR drones that are as technologically advanced as those of other national forces, and especially those of the United States, which is currently leading the way in this field.

The shortcomings of Europe’s drones have, moreover, been acknowledged by both the Commission and the European Council.

That said, there are several demonstrator projects currently underway in Europe that are yielding extremely encouraging results: for instance, the project that was launched by a French company and subsequently reshaped to incorporate companies from five other Member States and Switzerland, which has so far produced outstanding results.

1. In light of the above, is the Vice-President/High Representative aware of any drone demonstrator projects that are currently underway in Europe, and how far advanced they are?

2. What specific measures are being looked into in order to promote private investment in drones?

3. What investments need to be made in other vehicles, instruments and equipment in order to further address Europe’s deficiencies in its ISR capabilities?

Original language of question: ITOJ C 355, 08/10/2014
Last updated: 13 February 2014Legal notice