In 2017, the Board of Supervisors decided that OCCAR is well placed to manage European Defence programmes co-funded by the European Commission (EDIDP and EDF).
In the following years, the necessary steps were taken with the EC leading to the signature of EDIDP Contribution Agreements in 2020 and Grant Agreements in 2021 for the ESSOR and MALE RPAS programmes.
In 2022, DG DEFIS informed OCCAR-EA that two new proposals (EPC and EU-HYDEF), should also be implemented through indirect management by OCCAR. The Contribution Agreements for the EPC and EU-HYDEF projects were signed in Dec 2022. The Grant Agreements are scheduled to be signed in 2023.
Pillar Assessments have been successfully undertaken in 2021 and 2022 in order to allow OCCAR-EA to manage EDIDP and EDF projects on behalf of the Commission under lump sum and actual cost modes.
In the coming years, additional EDF Projects could be proposed for indirect management by OCCAR.
All EDIDP and EDF projects, managed by OCCAR, will wear the logo: