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0 euro more for the budget of the European Defense Agency in 2013

(BRUSSELS2) The British on Monday (November 19) maintained their veto on any increase in the budget of the European Defense Agency, even by simply taking into account inflation. This will therefore be renewed identically for next year, to the tune of 30,4 million euros (without taking into account inflation), as announced (on the B2 club).

25 for, 1 no = No

The budget must, in fact, be decided unanimously. All States agreed to this taking into account of inflation, all except one (the United Kingdom). And no alternative solution seemed to emerge. In the absence of agreement, the budget should have been renewed by provisional twelfth, on this same basis, which would have been " even more damaging a diplomat involved in this discussion explained to B2. This would have the " worst possible scenario » confirmed Claude-France Arnould, the director of the Agency during the final press conference. And " no compromise could be found, it is the law of unanimity ". In fact, it was the British position which won. And the other members of the Agency had to bow.


The gap between the two proposals was small; around 100.000 euros more for the British and this sum could quite easily have been distributed among the other members. But at a time of a more general discussion on the future 2014-2020 budgetary framework, which promises to be very difficult at the end of the week (at the special summit convened on November 22 and 23), any discussion on another distribution of this increase would have been assimilated to a new “British check”, which could have weakened the negotiation.

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).

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  • Jean-Jacques BART

    The permanent British blockages will end up becoming counterproductive and harming the vast majority of other European countries, while everyone agrees that we must speed up in the area of ​​“pooling and sharing”. With devastated defense budgets in most countries, there is an urgent need to facilitate capability sharing or pooling via the AED, which has solid expertise in this area.

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