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What path for permanent structured cooperation?

“Is Permanent Structured Cooperation a Workable Way Towards EU Defence?” It is around this question that the Madariaga Foundation decided to floor, the next November 30, at lunch time. We all know that Member States are having some difficulty identifying and implementing this new feature resulting from the Lisbon Treaty. The Foundation's citizen controversy between the Belgian Minister of Defense, Pieter de Crem, and the British general, David Leakey, should therefore not lack salt.

Between the one who assumes the Belgian presidency of the EU and the former commander of the EU military staff who has now regained a certain freedom of speech, we should finally be able to understand what “this thing” is for ( as the General could have said (1). Who will be in this structured cooperation For what? What are the alternatives?... Concretely, three questions arise, as the Foundation specifies: « Will member states see an advantage in engaging collectively when the two main European military powers seem to find it preferable to conclude bilateral agreements? Would the constitution of a group of pioneering states offer the EU a chance to strengthen its capacities and its effectiveness, or, on the contrary, would it risk leading to an impasse by reinforcing divisions on questions of leadership? What alternatives does the EU have to consolidate defense capabilities and enable it to play a role commensurate with its global economic weight? ».

In practice : November 30, 13 p.m. to 14:30 p.m., Central Economic Council, 17-21, avenue de la Joyeuse Ouverte – 1040 Brussels. To register: Or by fax: +32(0) Participation: €8/ Students: €3. Sandwiches and drinks provided.

(1) For those new to Gaullian speech :-), this word was used by General De Gaulle to designate the UN when asked by a journalist about the Congo.

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).