The European Network of Defence Related Regions (ENDR) brings together regional authorities and clusters to share experiences and best practices in building dual-use strategies and accessing EU funding, particularly to the benefit of SMEs.
Its mandate was strengthened through the European Defence Action Plan adopted on November 30, 2016. One of the goals of the Action Plan is to promote co-financing through the European Structural and Investment Funds of defence and dual-use activities in research and innovation, as part of regional/national smart specialisation strategies. The Action Plan underlines the support provided by the ENDR to regions that aim to integrate defence-related priorities into their smart specialisation strategies. The ENDR can also be instrumental in promoting regional clusters of excellence in this area.
Through its membership of ENDR, FLAG aims to:
- Exchange best practices
- Receive information on funding opportunities
- Develop regional clusters of excellence
- Focus on skills (development) for defence through the European Defence Skills Partnership