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The Hon Richard Marles MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Defence
The Hon Pat Conroy MP
Minister for Defence Industry
Minister for International Development and the Pacific
14 November 2023
The Albanese Government has strengthened Australia’s ties with European partners by signing the Security Agreement on the Protection of Classified Information with the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation, known by its French acronym, OCCAR.
Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP, signed the agreement which facilitates the exchange of classified information between Australia and OCCAR to support Defence equipment programs.
The ability to share classified information will enhance Australia’s collaboration with OCCAR and key European partners participating in OCCAR programs.
OCCAR is a European-based intergovernmental organisation that manages defence equipment production and sustainment programs for the benefit of its member states (France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain) and non-member states participating in OCCAR programs (including Australia, Finland, Sweden, Turkey and the Netherlands).
Quotes attributable to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Richard Marles MP:
“Australia’s strategic relationship with Europe continues to grow, and this arrangement is a true reflection of our strategic and industrial ties.
“Participation in OCCAR programs reflects the Albanese Government’s emphasis on cost-effective and efficient acquisition of complex Defence capabilities.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Pat Conroy MP:
“The relationship with OCCAR provides Australia with access to European industry and supports Australia’s procurement and sustainment of leading-edge defence technology.
“It provides Australia the opportunity to collaborate with European partners on advanced defence technology, and integrate the Australian defence industry with European-based global primes.”
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