Europe’s evolving security landscape: Insights and strategies

Insights|April 8, 2024

In the face of an increasingly complex security environment in Europe, adaptability and tailored solutions have become essential for clients in the defense and security industry. Being a leading Nordic law firm, Roschier recognizes the significance of providing bespoke solutions to address multi-jurisdictional challenges. In this article, we look at some of the latest updates in European security strategies and highlight key considerations for stakeholders.

In recent years Europe, including the Nordics, has witnessed significant shifts in its security landscape. These changes have prompted the European Union and its member states to invest more in defense and security. The impact of these developments extends beyond traditional sectors, affecting industries such as energy and telecommunications. From a local perspective, Finland’s and Sweden’s recent NATO memberships has significant implications for regional security. Faster decision-making, enhanced deterrence capabilities, and improved information flow are among the concrete benefits. Finland’s and Sweden’s inclusion in NATO strengthens operational planning and presence in the Baltic Sea region, benefiting the alliance.

One of the most recent events in connection with the European security environment is that the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs presented the first European Defence Industrial Strategy (EDIS) on 5 March 2024. EDIS outlines the challenges in the European Defense Technological and Industrial base and plans for future readiness. It highlights collaboration among member states, strengthening partnerships with nations like Ukraine and advancing cutting-edge defense technology.

EDIS also proposes actions to help member states improve defense cooperation and measure progress. This includes making defense more efficient, encouraging collaboration in procurement, and supporting EU investment in cutting-edge defense technology. The progress is tracked by indicators, such as a target of 40% collaborative procurement by 2030 and increasing EU-based procurement to 50% by 2030 and 60% by 2035.

The first operational measure of EDIS is a legislative initiative called European Defence Industry Programme (EDIP), which aims to achieve defense industrial readiness by transitioning from short-term emergency measures to a more structural and longer-term approach. EDIP includes both financial and regulatory aspects and the program would be allocated €1.5 billion of the EU budget over the period 2025–2027.

EDIP’s financial side involves expanding EU budget support to ease member state cooperation in procurement (EDIRPA) and aid defense industries in boosting production (ASAP). It also suggests establishing a legal framework called SEAP to enhance defense equipment collaboration among member states. Additionally, EDIP could enable the initiation of European Defence Projects of Common Interest, potentially backed by EU funds.

 In conclusion, as Europe’s security environment continues to evolve, proactive adaptation and strategic collaboration are crucial for stakeholders in the defense and security industry. By staying on top of the latest developments and leveraging tailored solutions, organizations can effectively address emerging challenges and seize opportunities for growth and resilience.

Roschier recognizes the growing demand for legal advisory services in the defense sector amid evolving security dynamics. To meet this need, we have introduced a specialized service tailored to clients operating in defense and security. It shows our commitment to providing comprehensive support in navigating the legal complexities of the changing security landscape. We also aim to share the newest information with our clients and network by e.g. organizing events related to the topic. For further details on Roschier’s new service offering, please refer to our article and this industry overview.