Ref. Ares(2018)98164 - 08/01/2018
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence
Permanent Representations of the
EU Member States (sent by e-mail)
European Defence Industrial Development Programme – Informal
meeting with Member States, Brussels, 22 January 2018
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
I have the pleasure of inviting your government authorities to be represented at the first
informal meeting on the implementation of the European Defence Industrial
Development Programme (EDIDP).
The meeting will take place on 22 January 2018
from 10h00 to 13h00
Meeting room 1.B
Rue Foissart 36
The objective of this meeting would be to initiate a discussion about the modes of the
implementation of the EDIDP, content of the work programme and to reflect on the
capability priorities which should represent a basis for a definition of project categories.
In addition, a discussion about possible approach to the SMEs cross-border collaboration
is envisaged. To help focus the discussion, a scoping paper on the implementation of
EDIDP will be circulated ahead of the meeting.
Please notice that this preliminary discussion will take place without prejudice to the on-
going negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament and should only
serve as an opportunity of an informal exchange of views between Member States and
the Commission. Formal arrangements will continue in a comitology framework in a
Programme Committee which has been identified in the proposal.
Appointed representatives of your government should confirm their participation by
filling in and returning the attached Registration Form to
later than 15 January 2018.
Commission européenne/Europese Commissie, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, BELGIQUE/BELGIË - Tel. +32 22991111
- Tel. direct line
Participants should present themselves at the meeting venue with a copy of this Invitation
Letter. Please note that, in the absence of this document and confirmed registration, the
Security Services may refuse access to the building.
Please also note that no travel expenses will be reimbursed by the Commission for this
meeting. Due to the room capacity, each delegation is invited to participate with a
maximum of 2 participants.
For this meeting we can offer simultaneous interpretation into the following languages:
French, German, English, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
For any questions about the meeting, the contact points are
We would welcome any written contribution in advance of the meeting.
Please find attached a tentative agenda.
Mandatory registration form
Electronically signed on 08/01/2018 13:40 (UTC+01) in accordance with article 4 2 (Validity of electronic documents) of Commission Decision 2004/563