11 December 2017
Military Union: Council agrees new cooperation measures, MEPs seeking Commission DG on defence
Follow us: | | Tweet
Council of the EU
"On 11 December 2017, the Council adopted a decision establishing Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), less than a month after receiving a joint notification by member states of their intention to participate.
The 25 member states participating in PESCO are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. On 13 November 2017, ministers from 23 member states signed a joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and handed it over to the High Representative and the Council. On 7 December 2017, Ireland and Portugal also notified their decision to join PESCO.
Permanent Structured Cooperation in the area of security and defence policy was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. It foresees the possibility of a number of EU member states working more closely together in the area of security and defence. This permanent framework for defence cooperation will allow willing and able member states to develop jointly defence capabilities, invest in shared projects, and enhance the operational readiness and contribution of their armed forces."
See also: European Council (14 December 2017) Draft conclusions (LIMITE doc no 13862-17, pdf)
The EU Parliament opens the way for a Defence Commissioner and pushes states to find 76 bn for weapons (Investigate Europe, link):
"The European Parliament will adopt next week in Strasbourg a resolution asking for a radical bureaucratic boost on defence matters. The draft resolution on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy that has already been approved by the Committee on Foreign Affairs (voted by EPP, Liberals/ALDE and Social Democrats), is a major step towards further militarisation. It follows up on rapid developments since the beginning of the year.
Most importantly: For the first time ever, the resolution makes the case for the creation of a Commission Directorate General (DG)-Defence to administer all relative instruments and agencies implicated in defence policy making.
Although the text refrains from proposing a defence commissioner, this will be the realistic outcome of such a proposal. DGs are led by Commissioners who are comparable to ministers at national level. The resolution also requests establishing a fully fledged defence budget under the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF EU 2021-2027 budget)."
On the agenda for the EP plenary 12 December. Includes dissenting minority opinion.
Spotted an error? If you've spotted a problem with this page, just click once to let us know.
Statewatch does not have a corporate view, nor does it seek to create one, the views expressed are those of the author. Statewatch is not responsible for the content of external websites and inclusion of a link does not constitute an endorsement. Registered UK charity number: 1154784. Registered UK company number: 08480724. Registered company name: The Libertarian Research & Education Trust. Registered office: 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE. © Statewatch ISSN 1756-851X. Personal usage as private individuals "fair dealing" is allowed. We also welcome links to material on our site. Usage by those working for organisations is allowed only if the organisation holds an appropriate licence from the relevant reprographic rights organisation (eg: Copyright Licensing Agency in the UK) with such usage being subject to the terms and conditions of that licence and to local copyright law.