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A military agreement with Uncle Sam

(credit: EU Council)
(credit: Council of the EU)

(BRUSSELS2) You loved the draft transatlantic agreement, prepared by the European Commission! You will undoubtedly love the ACSA agreement that European Union specialists are discreetly preparing.

Officially, it is only an “administrative arrangement” intended to facilitate for an operation commander access to certain means which he lacks (planes, satellites, etc.). “ It's nothing more..." assures me a high-ranking officer, chic as hell, quite surprised that I am interested in this simple question of stewardship. Politely said, this means: “Move around, there is nothing to see”. And then it is never anything more than what many member states have signed. All in all, it's logical, a diplomat explains to me.

All this is fully justified, except that... this “arrangement” fully telescopes the projects underway at the European level, whether it be the overhaul of the financing system for European missions and operations – announced in December by François Hollande – or the organization of a common defense industry market.

As for the legality of signing such an agreement, within a simple financing committee, without even approval from EU ministers or ambassadors, it seems somewhat doubtful...

Details of reception at the Club: A military supply agreement with the Americans in the process of being 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).

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