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Patriot units deployed for one year

(BRUSSELS2) After NATO's decision to officially respond “yes” to NATO's request for NATO deployment, the two European countries concerned have just specified the means involved, such as initiating the parliamentary procedure of information (in the Netherlands), authorization (in Germany).

Two Dutch units

The Netherlands will send 2 patriot units with 360 soldiers. The mission will last one year. The government informed Parliament today. As defined at NATO level – which the Turks accepted – the Patriots will have a purely defensive role and will not be able to take charge of a no-fly zone or offensive action. The exact location of the deployment of the air missile defense system has not yet been determined.

and two German units

In Germany, the government passed a bill allowing the deployment of Patriot systems, with a maximum of 400 soldiers able to be deployed (*). The mission should start at the beginning of next year and be operational for a year, until January 31, 2014. A bill will be presented to the Bundestag which should discuss it between December 12 and 14. It can be noted that the argument – ​​raised in certain government circles – that as this is an obligation of the Alliance, proper authorization from Parliament was perhaps not necessary, has fizzled out. The opposition (social democrats, greens and left) has, in fact, called for a bill.

(*) This is the maximum allowed, not automatically the exact number of troops deployed, but it shouldn't be far off

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).