May 17, 2022

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The EU wants the military to respond quickly to crises

The EU wants the military to respond quickly to crises

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The force will have 5,000 soldiers and, according to the project, should have transport routes capable of transporting them to the theater to interfere with their equipment.

“It simply came to our notice then. Nothing will be decided on Thursday. This will be the first discussion and many will follow, “said one European official, referring to the project.

The project is supported by France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Ireland and Slovenia.

“Strategic Compass”

The 27 EU countries have decided to equip themselves with operational capabilities by November 2020. The so-called “strategic compass” allows them to identify their needs, their shortcomings and ways to reduce their dependencies in line with the new world conditions created by American aggression and Russia’s aggressive and difficult relations. With Turkey, a NATO member.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will discuss European projects on Thursday. This is because the Alliance has launched a similar reflection and by 2030 it will be able to deploy 30 mechanical battalions, 30 combat aircraft squadrons and 30 warships in 30 days.

“These are different and independent processes,” he assured the European manager.

He explained that European intervention power would be made possible by the forces and equipment available to NATO, the United Nations and the European Union.

“We need to do better because of conflicts or because some states are having trouble controlling their territory,” the European diplomat underlined.

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“The European Union must be more responsive, more capable of intervening, more appropriate, and more active in decision-making,” he argued.

The possibility of interventions determined by a group of member states with the agreement of others, but without their participation, is mentioned.

Since 2005, the EU has had 1,500 men’s rapid reaction groups, capable of conducting military interventions within the framework of the General Security and Defense Policy.

“But they were never used for political and economic reasons,” lamented the European official, although they may have been the “heart” of the rapidly intervening force.

But there is a funding problem. “Non-participation does not mean cooperation. The rule of economic solidarity must be upheld, ”he warned.