EU Defense (Doctrine)

A comm' artifice at the approach of the Defense Council

(credit: belgian navy)
(credit: belgian navy)

(BRUSSELS2) After emptiness, overflow! In the run-up to the Council of Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministers, the European Diplomatic Service has scheduled no less than 6 official press briefings in three days. At the rate of 2 per day.

On Wednesday, Hansjörg Haber, the head of the CPCC, should take advantage of his meeting with the press to say goodbye. According to information from B2, it should indeed soon leave for other skies (details on the Club). The same day, at the end of the day, the president of the military committee, General De Rousiers will come to present the results of the meeting.

On Thursday, it will be the turn of the European Defense Agency with Graham Muir (10.30) then the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS, Maciej Popowski (11.00) for the defense part of the Council. General Wosolobe of the EU General Staff will come to the press to present the European military exercise “Milex 2013” ​​on Friday morning. Finally Pierre Vimont, the Secretary General of the European Diplomatic Service will close the sequence on Friday at 16:00 p.m. with a general briefing before the Foreign Affairs Council.

Let us hope that on Monday AND Tuesday, at the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, then of Defense, the High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton will be able to bring a little more attention than usual to the press to get out of the 3 questions quickly done and the 15-minute time limit that she set for herself... to avoid too much attention, no doubt.

Nb: B2 is not going to complain about this sudden debauchery of communication. But will this allow the common European security and defense policy to emerge? Can we thus forget, through some dubious tricks, 3-4 years of half-hearted communication where absences followed doubts in a few tricks that look more like magic than real will? The naive will be able to believe it... We can doubt it!

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).