The Act in Support of Ammunition Production (ASAP) is a direct response to the Council’s call to urgently deliver ammunition, and if requested missiles, to Ukraine and to help Member States refill their stocks by introducing targeted measures. The Act aims at ensuring that the EU can ramp-up its production capacity.
This Regulation aims at strengthening the responsiveness and ability of the Union defence industry to ensure the timely supply of ammunition and missiles in Europe. The framework laid down by this new Regulation will include:
- a mechanism to map, monitor and better anticipate the existence of bottlenecks in the supply chains;
- an instrument to financially support the reinforcement of the Union’s industrial production capacities;
- the introduction of a temporary regulatory framework to address the ammunition supply crisis.
Identify, monitor, and anticipate bottlenecks and shortages in the supply chains
This Regulation will ensure the necessary information gathering at EU level and enable the Commission and Member States to anticipate shortages affecting the security of supply of ammunition and missiles.
To this end, the Commission will conduct a mapping exercise to identify and continuously monitor the availability of ammunition and missiles as well as their components and their corresponding inputs. This exercise will better inform the use of financial support and regulatory measures.
Provide financial support to produce more and faster
The proposed Regulation includes measures to support the industrial reinforcement throughout the supply chains of ammunition and missiles in the EU. Financial support will be provided in the form of grants to various types of actions contributing to the efforts of the European defence industry to increase their production capacities and tackle identified bottlenecks.
Supporting Defence Capacities in the EU
- July 2022European Defence Industrial Reinforcement through common Procurement Act (EDIRPA)
In July 2022 the Commission presented the European Defence Industrial Reinforcement through common Procurement Act (EDIRPA), aimed at supporting collaboration between Member States in the procurement phase to fill the most urgent and critical gaps, in a collaborative way.
- March 2023Council agreement on a three-track approach for the delivery and joint procurement of ammunition for Ukraine
The situation in Ukraine has increased the specific need for ammunition and missiles. These pressing needs have been recognised by the Council which agreed on 20 March 2023 on a three-track approach. According to Track 1 of this plan, Member States have been invited to immediately transfer ammunition from their stocks to Ukraine. In order to refill those stocks, Member States will in parallel procure jointly 1 million ammunition rounds as part of Track 2. To ensure Member States that they will be able to get what they need, the European Union’s industry needs to produce more and faster, through Track 3, materialised by the Act in Support of Ammunition Production (ASAP).
- April 2023Act in Support of Ammunition Production (ASAP)
ASAP aims to support the 'supply' side of the market directly with a focus on increasing the production of ammunition and missiles.