Initial Western-led PESCO projects show focus on training, logistics, maritime and cyber

A list of 15 initial projects of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), published by the Bruxelles2 site on 5 December, shows initiatives mainly led by France, Greece, Italy and Germany in areas of medical, logistic, training, cyber or maritime capacities. Only two schemes are lead by Eastern European countries, Slovakia’s artillery and Lithuania’s cyber projects.

The Crisis Response Operation Core, led by Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus, is the biggest and most ambitious project of the list that will aim to improve EUFOR operations of the Union. The final list of projects will be announced on 11 December during the formal signing of the PESCO act. Portugal and Ireland are expected to increase the final number of PESCO signatories to 25, with Malta, the UK and Denmark opting out. According to the preliminary list, Eastern European countries have not been able to propose attractive projects, making PESCO rather a Western-led defence initiative amid EU’s East-West divisions.


Initial PESCO projects:
European Medical Command – Germany

European Security Software Defined Radio (ESSOR) – France

European Logistic Hub – Germany
Logistic Structures Network at the Periphery of the Union – Cyprus
Operations Support - France

Simplifying and standardising cross-border military transport procedures – the Netherlands

Centre of Excellence for EU training missions (CoE EUTM) – France
European Training Certification for European Armies – Italy

Operational functions in energy – France

Deployable Military Disaster Relief Package (DMDRP) – Italy

Maritime Counter-Measures Semiautonomous Underwater Systems (MCM SUS) – Belgium
System for Port Surveillance with Underwater Drones – Italy

Upgrade of the Maritime Surveillance System – Greece

Cyber Threats and Incident Response Information Sharing Platform – Greece

Assistance in Cyber Security and Cyber Rapid Response Teams – Lithuania

Standardisation of Procedures for Strategic Command and Control of CSDP – Spain

Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Amphibious Assault Vehicle and Light Tactical Vehicle Development – Italy

Indirect Fire Support – Slovakia

Crisis Response Operation Core – Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus



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