EU and NATO continue jointly towards stronger European defence

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 12.7.2017 12:45

A meeting between Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, took place on 5 July in the NATO headquarters, where the EU representative briefed the North Atlantic Council about the latest developments regarding the European Defence Action Plan and the European Defence Fund.

The meeting marked a symbolic one-year anniversary of the signature of the Joint Declaration on NATO-EU mutual cooperation at the summit in Warsaw. Both organisations aim to establish closer ties in the fields of cyber security, maritime cooperation and fight against hybrid threats. Stoltenberg also expressed his support to the latest EU defence initiatives focusing on more efficient spending on joint defence capabilities, reducing duplications in spending, and fostering a competitive and innovative industrial base. The European Defence Fund is expected to spend €90 million on research until the end of 2019 and €500 million per year after 2020. The second part of the fund, focused on development and acquisitions, will operate with €500 million until 2020 and €1 billion per year afterwards. Common EU defence in close cooperation with NATO is therefore gradually becoming a reality.

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