155. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps that have and will be been taken to ensure that companies here have the full support of all relevant State agencies in particular Enterprise Ireland and the IDA in accessing PESCO projects (details supplied) and funding; and if Irish companies will be assured that they will not be placed at a competitive disadvantage or precluded from these opportunities. (Question 13043/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Permanent Structured Co-operation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 155 and 156 together.
While PESCO does not provide for direct funding to Member States or to companies established in Member States, some capability development projects developed under PESCO may be eligible for funding from the European Defence Fund, in particular from the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). 
The text of the proposed Regulation to establish the EDIDP was n...

156. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the discussions or interactions he has had with other Departments and State agencies in respect of PESCO and Ireland’s access to research and development and project funding; and the steps being taken to apply for such funding. (Question 13044/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Permanent Structured Co-operation)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 155 and 156 together.
While PESCO does not provide for direct funding to Member States or to companies established in Member States, some capability development projects developed under PESCO may be eligible for funding from the European Defence Fund, in particular from the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). 
The text of the proposed Regulation to establish the EDIDP was n...