The European Commission is allocating close to 1 billion euros to the 2022 European Defence Fund (EDF) work programme. Together with a number of new tools, the fund is meant to improve European defence capabilities.
Commission: joint procurement of military equipment to counter Russia
The European Commission and the High Representative Josep Borrell presented their plans to improve the EU’s defence standing on Wednesday, 18 May, in light of the war waging in Ukraine. Their plans focus on Member States making joint investments to procure military equipment, on supporting the industry through more money to be put into the European Defence Fund (EDF), and on strategic defence programming.
EU Defence Ministers: ‘EU Rapid Response Force by 2025’
In order to be able to act rapidly and robustly, the Council of the European Union wants to establish an EU Rapid Response Force of 5000 troops. EU ministers approved the Strategic Compass, containing plans to make the EU a stronger and more capable security provider.
EU Leaders: ‘take more responsibility for our security’
According to a draft document by the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, seen by Speaking of Europe, EU leaders will be announcing a shift in its strategy on three vital themes : defence, energy and economy.
EU perplexed as US, UK and Australia announce security partnership
A new security partnership between the US, the UK and Australia came into being last Wednesday. The main goal of this trilateral cooperation is to strengthen its position in the Indo-Pacific to face the momentarily […]
The need for a European Army: Member States split between desire and aversion
The formation of a European army has been seen as an objective to be realised by some Member States, such as France and Germany, though others disregard this project as being unnecessary. In a changing world order where long-time allies are not as trustworthy as they used to be, achieving military independence represents a key factor to guarantee the security of the bloc.