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Pooling & Sharing: wise people will get to work. Tight schedule

The work schedule for “pooling and sharing” (the pooling or sharing of military resources) is fixed. And it's tight.

Each Ministry of Defense must give its first elements, the areas where it intends to be able to establish cooperation, possibly in interdependence, very quickly. A first assessment must be made by the EU military committee at the beginning of April. Before a review and first decisions at ministerial level in May. The CHODs (chiefs of staff) will be assisted by wise men. This need was recognized by several participants during the informal meeting in Budapest, and endorsed by Cathy Ashton, who was not very enthusiastic at first.

The number of Sages is not yet fixed exactly. Probably more than one but less than 5. And their role has not been clearly established. But they will have to, according to a European diplomat, “rather than establishing a relationship, commuting between the capital, being missi dominici, to whom we can confide under the seal of secrecy, what we intend to put in the European “basket” ". Several countries have already presented candidates: the Netherlands, Finland and Greece, according to my latest information.

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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).