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The 27 put European defense on their agenda

(BRUSSELS2) It has been a long time since the Heads of State and Government had put down on their conclusions paper ideas other than those responding to the financial crisis. The European summit must deliver today (December 14) a set of proposals intended to prepare the debate on Defense Europe that the “28” will have in December 2013. Since the first version, distributed to Club subscribers (The 27 will give themselves a year to reflect on Defense. The mandate of the European Council), these conclusions have been strengthened and developed, to the point that they now occupy three pages of the latest draft conclusion, in the last version consulted by B2.

Three key ideas must govern this “review” European style. 1° Increase the effectiveness of the European common security and defense policy (conflict prevention, European ability to deploy military and civilian capabilities). 2° Develop capabilities (identify gaps such as duplicates, prioritize future military capabilities, facilitate synergies between the various multilateral or bilateral initiatives). 3° Strengthen the defense industry (innovative and competitive European defense industrial and technological base, synergies between civil and military research and development (R&D), application of “defense market” directives).

The High Representative, the European Commission and also the European Defense Agency are invited to make proposals and initiatives, between now and next September, to prepare for the next summit in December 2013.

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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