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Defence, Industry & Research Strategy

DIRS aims to develop and consolidate a Belgian defence-related technological and industrial base

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Defence, Industry and Research Strategy (DIRS)

The DIRS aims at developing and consolidating a Belgian Defence Technological and Industrial Base that:

  • contributes to supporting the national security and defence policy and strengthening the EU’s open strategic autonomy;
  • positions Belgium as a relevant, reliable and competitive technological partner in European and trans-Atlantic capability development;
  • guarantees the degree of national autonomy required in critical fields as regards scientific research, technological expertise and industrial capacity;
  • generates the necessary economic and social return in the form of knowledge, technology and employment.

In order to sustainably strengthen the Belgian DTIB, the following principles will be applied: inform stakeholders, facilitate and support the partnership between the government, companies, knowledge and educational institutions and research centres, optimal management to create value chains as well as protecting and anchoring the economic and social potential in the form of knowledge, technology and employment.


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BEAT-AF - Ground-Breaking Electroporation-based intervention for Atrial Fibrillation treatment

The Horizon2020 project BEAT-AF brings together 9 European renowned clinical centres in France, Belgium, Czechia, Germany and Austria. Together, the consortium strives to revolutionize Atrial Fibrillation (AF) treatment through catheter ablation and contribute to decrease the huge burden of AF in Europe. The BEAT-AF project kicked off in 2021 and will run until 2026. The department of electrophysiology of the AZ Sint-Jan Hospital in Bruges is partner in the project and has so far contributed to the pre-clinical development, the first in man studies and first registries of the revolutionary AF treatment put forward by the consortium. The first pilot studies show that the treatment is safe, effective and efficient.