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Strengthen air bridges. An idea in the air in terms of European defense

(B2) On April 10, the European Parliament discussed European security and defense policy, on the basis of a report (by General) Philippe Morillon (PPE).

« The European Union must strengthen its military capabilities if it intends to become a credible actor on the world stage. indicated the parliamentarians when voting on this report. The European Parliament further considers that from 2004, the EU should have a force of 5.000 men, ready to intervene at any time in humanitarian and rescue operations, then capable of carrying out autonomous operations at account of the year 2009.

Invest massively in three directions

During the debate, EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten said there was a need to invest more heavily in airlift capacity, special forces and communications equipment on the ground.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).