EU Defense (Doctrine)

Commissioner Reding defends the idea of ​​a European defense system

(credit: European Commission)
Commissioner Reding has not lost her outspokenness. Some states should see red… like the jacket (credit: European Commission)

(BRUSSELS2) Speaking during a citizens' dialogue in Namur on September 13, the European Commissioner for Justice, Viviane Reding, underlined the need for a European commitment on defense and criticized the collective incapacity on Syria . “ We have 1,5 million soldiers in Europe. That's more than the United States. However, the intervention of the United Kingdom and France in Libya was only possible with the assistance of the United States. Currently, we have a particularly devastating crisis in Syria. But the European Union is not acting collectively to resolve it she estimated.

Pooling soldiers and resources: savings of 3 to 9 billion

« A European defense system would help us respond to this dilemma. Pooling our resources would make our defense mechanisms more effective and help save money. If Europe had a smaller number of soldiers in common and if there was more coordination and interoperability between the armies of the member states, it could save between 3 and 9 billion euros per year. »

Slow on consular protection

The commissioner also castigated the slowness of the member states on certain proposals of the European Commission, in particular on consular protection. " Member States have still not managed to agree on these simple rules that the European Commission has proposed to better help these almost 7 million citizens of the Union when they need support abroad. "" It's time to take action she concluded.

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).

3 thoughts on “Commissioner Reding defends the idea of ​​a European defense system"

  • Fulbert

    After Madame Ashton, Madame Reding wakes up. We knew his bad dreams about the Roma. Now she has a bad defense… it's a bit late, isn't it!!! But OK. What should we think of a European army? In the current state of the EU, we can fear the worst. And then, there are already multiple European defense “things”, of dubious effectiveness. But that's good, Mrs Reding has spoken.

  • Nicholas F.

    “Pooling our resources would make our defense mechanisms more effective”
    To pool resources which tend to decrease within the Member States? What results can be achieved in this way, apart from that where some would leave the heavy burden to others?

  • Carl Tornell

    Except that it is not she who decides that.

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