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.
EU-Drones examines how the European Union (EU) tackles drone-related issues. More especially, it is interested in the role of the European Commission which has exercised its leadership capacity to set up a European policy framework for civil use of drones. Hence, the research project studies the Commission’s strategy to join and shape the drone community (rule makers, interest groups, manufacturers, operators and users), and it assesses the impact the Commission’s actions may exert. The project analyses the configuration of relations (interests, resources, skills), perceptions (discourses) and action rationales (cooperation dynamics, informal and formal practices, strategies and means) of actors involved in EU initiatives in the drone sector: the single market, the regulatory framework as well as the EU supported research programme for civil drones. In line with my previous work, the research will evaluate to what extent the Commission’s involvement in the drone sector helps to strengthen its position in the field of security.