German minister von der Leyen supports EU defence integration projects

  • Redakce ESJ
  • 20.6.2017 13:10

Germany backs several key EU defence integration projects, German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen stated at a Subcommittee on Security and Defence meeting held on 13 June in Strasbourg.

Von der Leyen informed that the first paper defining and overseeing the political framework in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) should be ready in autumn. PESCO is one of the EU's tools which enable certain group of member states to focus on broader long-term cooperation in a specific field without disrupting the EU principles. The participation is not obligatory and the countries must show commitment to cooperate, as well as sufficient capabilities to join the structure. The creation of a cybersecurity innovation hub within the next 10 years was also mentioned by Von der Leyen, along with enhanced use of the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD). The purpose of CARD is to revise the member states‘ defence planning, spending and development of capabilities and to identify strong and weak points. Moreover, the EU’s aim is to establish a joint system of air transport, which has already begun by the opening of a European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC) on 8 June.

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