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The European Commission in Drone Community: a New Cooperation Area in the Making

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Project "EU-Drones" data sheet

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Organization address
address: PLEINLAAN 2
postcode: 1050

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
 Project website
 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2019-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL BE (BRUSSEL) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

The objective of this research is to examine how the European Commission is shaping regulatory framework development, production and use of drones considering the diverging interests among actors concerned in Europe (and beyond) where multiple authorities overlap. A comprehensive analysis of drones operations as a whole, including actors’ perceptions, expectations, interests and practices is still lacking. This research will therefore study the European Commission’s strategy to join and shape the drone community (rule makers, interest groups, manufacturers, operators and users) as well as the impact of its action. Referring to the Commission’s policy entrepreneurship literature, it is interested in how the Commission, by building on its competencies and resources, has exercised its leadership capacity to initiate action in a new domain that may not fall de facto under its prerogatives and thus has an effect on a strategic industry. Based on a relational approach, the project will analyse the power structures (configuration of relations, diverging and converging interests, resources, skills), perceptions of issues at stake (discourses) and action rationale (cooperation dynamics, informal and formal practices, strategies and means) of actors involved in EU initiatives: the single drones market, the regulatory framework, as well as research and development. The research methodology will be qualitative and based on a triangulation of methods (documents, discourses and interviews analysis). In line with the researcher’s previous work on the Commission’s actions in the security sector, it will be argued that the Commission’s leadership in drone matters, regarding its market, regulation and development, offers a lever for action to strengthen its position in the field of security at the crossroads between all actors involved as a bridge between the internal and external security, civil and military dimensions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Chantal Lavallée
The Single European Sky: a window of opportunity for EU–NATO relations
published pages: 415-434, ISSN: 0966-2839, DOI: 10.1080/09662839.2017.1352580
European Security 26/3 2019-06-07
2018 Chantal Lavallée and Océane Zubeldia
A European Drone Space
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Research Paper No 52 2019-06-07
2018 Chantal Lavallée and Océane Zubeldia
Un espace européen des drones
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Note de Recherche No 52 2019-06-07
2019 Chantal Lavallée
The EU policy for civil drones: the challenge of governing emerging technologies
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IES Policy Brief 2019-06-07
2018 Chantal Lavallée
Les drones: un nouveau champ d’action pour l’Union européenne
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2018 Chantal Lavallée
The European Commission: an enabler for the European Security and Defence Union
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