This month, the European Commission announced the new selected European defence research projects and opened calls for new defence research proposals. The development of uncrewed systems plays a significant role in both the selected projects and call for proposals, which will all be funded by the European Defence Fund (EDF). A new selected research project, which should be finished within 2...

Foeke Postma has written an article for VoxEurop on the EU’s Eurodrone project. He states that the EU "risks cementing the dangerous precedent set by other countries that have already used drones to carry out extrajudicial killings, risk undermining international law, international security, and harming innocent lives." He argues that Member States represented in the European Council should engage in...

Though the European Parliament has long been aware of problematic use, development, and proliferation of armed drones, a host of new developments has necessitated an update on where we are. To inform both current and newly elected Members of the European Parliament, a lunch meeting was organised by the Greens/European Free Alliance on December 5th, 2019, to discuss recent developments...

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Though it is far from establishing a European Army, the EU is being increasingly adapted for military purposes. New instruments related to the integration, financing, and coordination of military research, development, and operations have been created in quick succession. Military unmanned systems, or drones, have taken a central stage within these developments. Their development is considered to be essential for...

On 15 May 2019, PAX hosted a conference, in collaboration with Chatham House, which explored European perspectives on remote warfare. The event brought together experts on European and international security, emerging technologies, and the ethics and conduct of war, to discuss key issues related to remote warfare. Participants included those working in academia, think-tanks, NGOs and the media. The conference included...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In August 2019 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news were the drones that crashed in Lebanon, in the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the innocent lives drone attacks continue to take in Libya, as well as continued proliferation of...

The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the EU (COMECE) has published a new reflection paper calling  upon states to take action on armed drones. The publication, titled "Technology at the Service of Peace", examines the development, use, and export of armed drones as well as the development of fully autonomous weapons, also known as  killerrobots. EFAD members were also...