23 EU states launch new era for European defence cooperation

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 23 EU Member States – though not the United Kingdom – signed an historic pact Monday to cooperate more closely in future on security and defence in the wake of Brexit and Russian aggression.

The countires – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden – today signed the joint notification of the launch of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence, and handed it over to the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The possibility of the Permanent Structured Cooperation in the area of defence security and defence policy was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. It foresaw 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 those member states willing and able to jointly develop defence capabilities, invest in shared projects, or enhance the operational readiness and contribution of their armed forces…

read more : EUObserver, 14.11.2017