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The EUFOR RCA operation is launched... with a lack of European breath

(BRUSSELS2) It is by a simple tweet of the Council of the EU (*) which we officially learned on Tuesday (April 1) – it was not a fish! – the launch of the EUFOR RCA military operation. The decision having been adopted by written procedure (by way of silence as readers of the Club already know). We had a more glorious launch (*). The decision must appear in the official journal shortly. It's for form. Because this decision has immediate effect, on the day of adoption and not on the day of publication in the Olympic Games, which is rather rare at European level. Small consolation! Here is the text:

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Defense Europe is not the sum of national visions of security

As Dany Cohn-Bendit confided today, to a few journalists including B2, "on the Central African Republic, everyone agreed to do something, rebuild the State, but we did not manage to have a common, European vision of our security. (…) Everyone understands that with its approximately 1,5 million soldiers, Europe has a problem. (…) We will one day have to understand that European security cannot be the simple addition of national visions and forces. What happened with (EUFOR RCA) proves it. »

(*) For an operation which responds to a real need on the ground, it is a bit of a short launch. Certainly a press conference is planned tomorrow during the EU-Africa summit. But we could have expected more for a military operation which is the first launched since 2008 and Operation Atalanta (if we except the two military training missions, EUTM Somalia and EUTM Mali) and which is desired by many of international partners, starting with the Africans and the UN. This in fact mainly reflects the very weak commitment of the High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton, on this issue. The Central African Republic is not really among its priorities…

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).