EU member states expected to initiate PESCO process

  • Jonáš Vlk
  • 11.11.2017 09:18

On Monday 13. November, EU Foreign and Defence ministers led by Germany and France are expected to formulate their intention to officially launch the Permanent Structured Co-operation (PESCO), so far the most ambitious defence integration project.

One of the key goals of the agreement is to increase the compatibility of EU member states' armies and at the same time save on defence spending by unifying different arms systems. Establishment of a crisis response centre and a network of logistics hubs or joint military manoeuvres are also proposed. While the agreement demonstrates the EU’s integrity, it also emphasises different perspectives of Germany and France. Paris wanted a concept based on a smaller number of capable members able to carry out joint missions under the EU. However, after Germany's insistence, the concept became inclusive and should include as many EU countries as possible. How many members, including Eastern European countries, will eventually join the deal and what projects will be selected should be clearer on 13 November.

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