AFET votes on proposal to recognise security spending as development aid

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 11.7.2017 12:30

On 11 July, the EU Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) decides on an amendment to the Instrument for Stability and Peace (IcSP), which would allow financing the building of military and security capabilities of partner countries through the Union's general budget, including with development cooperation funds.

The EU Development Committee (DEVE) also voted on the amendment on 3 July, with thirteen votes in favour, eight against, one member abstaining. The main argument against the proposal is that development cooperation funds should not serve to finance military activities, since, according to some members, this could lead to the militarization of European development policy.  The main supporter is France, which is pushing for military and security spending to be recognised as development aid, mainly due to its policy in Mali and the Central African Republic, where France spends millions of euros on conflict resolution. Against the backdrop of current security threats such as terrorism or migration, European political thinking is focused on closer links between development aid and security spending, which could certainly ease EU spending on security in developing countries.

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