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European Union member states sign declaration of intent for increasing defense cooperation

14 November 2017, 12:57 | Floyd Cook

European Union member states sign declaration of intent for increasing defense cooperation

Major Step Towards EU Army as European Leaders Sign Military Pact – And Britain May Be Sucked In

Poland has made a decision to join the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defense within the EU.

Europe vowed to turn a new page on security cooperation on Monday as 23 states came together to sign a mutual defence pact created to transform military operations.

She said PESCO, backed by the European Union defense fund, "will enable member states to use the economy of scale of Europe and in this manner to fulfil the gap of output that we have".

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, center left, speaks with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, center right, during a meeting of European Union foreign and defense ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. This permanent framework for defense cooperation will allow those member states willing and able to jointly develop defense capabilities, invest in shared projects, or enhance the operational readiness and contribution of their armed forces. By the time of the summit, diplomats expect only Britain, Denmark and Malta not to be involved. Britain can take part in some if they are of benefit to the entire EU. Member states participating in PESCO retain the sovereign right to command their own national defense, and the capabilities developed within PESCO will belong to the member states, who will be able to use them as they wish, regardless of the format, including in fulfilling their own national needs and those of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Britain - a nuclear power with permanent veto power at the UN Security Council - has always been fiercely opposed to anything that might lead to the creation of an "EU army" commanded by Brussels.


Under the cooperation, member countries will submit an action plan outlining their defense aims.

The EU's diplomatic chief, Ms Federica Mogherini, hailed the agreement as "a new page of European defence", saying countries had already proposed more than 50 projects. The notice of intent to be inked in Brussels on Monday, seen by AFP, includes a pledge to "regularly increasing defence budgets in real terms" as well as commitments to devote 20 percent of defence spending on procurement and two percent on research and technology. "The real problem is not how much we spend, it is the fact that we spend in a fragmented manner".

Gabriel said working together is "more economical than if everyone does the same".



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