05 June 2019
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European External Action Service and European Defence Agency: Report on "interactions, linkages and coherence among EU defence initiatives"
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"Since capabilities are ultimately developed to be used operationally - in the EU or within other frameworks (UN, NATO, national, ), further consideration should also be given to promoting the operational availability of forces for CSDP [Common Security and Defence Policy] operations, in view of the PESCO [Permanent Structured Cooperation] commitments in this regard and the military requirements derived from the EU military CSDP level of ambition. As highlighted in the HR [High Representative] Annual Report on PESCO, indeed further efforts are needed from the Member States to address the force generation gaps in CSDP missions and operations. Strengthening capabilities is a necessary condition for the Union to be able to undertake more demanding operations in the future, while there may also be scope to explore synergy and linkages to other relevant EU initiatives." (emphasis added)
See: Report by the High Representative, acting also in her capacity of Vice-President of the Commission and Head of the European Defence Agency, to the Council on interactions, linkages and coherence among EU defence initiatives (HE(2019) 52, 29 May 2019, pdf)
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