Prague conference called for more independent EU defence

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 11.6.2017 23:23

The participants of the international defence and security conference (DESCOP)  which took place on June 9, agreed on the necessity of the EU to act independently in defence matters and not rely on US support.

The meeting was attended by the Union’s top officials, the European Commission president Jean Claude-Juncker and High Representative Federica Mogherini, along with NATO's representative Rose Gottemoeller and EU member states delegations. Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka confirmed Juncker’s statement on strengthening the civilian and military mission capabilities in crisis zones outside the Union. The newly established joint EU commanding unit for foreign operations is the first significant step towards the progress in this matter. Prioritising only the soft power is not the solution in nowadays militarized world, Juncker also claimed. This reinforcement of the member states military capabilities can be made more effective while using the new EU defence fund or by exploiting the full potential of the European Defence Agency. However, the Union will have to deal with the different goals and requirements of member state armies along with reluctant attitudes towards technology sharing.

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