Central and Eastern European states plan to join PESCO

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 6.11.2017 08:56

According to government representatives of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, their countries are interested in participating in the so-called Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), a tool for implementing closer and more effective cooperation of particular EU Member States in specific areas. The first PESCO is to be activated in the field of defence cooperation at the end of 2017.

Besides permanent military structures, PESCO also aims to eliminate duplicities and streamline development and acquisition projects. The involvement of Eastern and Central European states in PESCO will help to synchronise their military capabilities and defence policies, allowing for easier cooperation and coordination within joint projects. A report of the European External Action Service says the PESCO instrument is now in the finalisation phase. At the meeting of EU defence ministers in Tallinn in early September, a unanimous approval was reached to launch the instrument and further develop around 30 projects. The notification of PESCO interest is expected at the Foreign Affairs Council on 13 November and its adoption during the council meeting on 11 December. Members of PESCO will also rely on the European Defence Fund and receive additional 10% of the cost for certain development projects.

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