The European parliament will vote on Wednesday for the first time on whether to spend large scale public cash on military research.
Members of the European Parliament – the parliamentary institute of the EU - are voting on a so-called "Preparatory Action for Defense Research" which would allow 3 years of groundwork cash to be spent before a full defense budget is approved.
The initial program, described by the parliament as modest, will cost between 40 and 100 million euros($43 -109 mn) to fund.
Despite its small nature, it would represent the first time that he EU has subsidized military research.
If the initial work is deemed a success, a full EU defense budget of at least 3.5 billion euros could then be spent between 2021 and 2027.