EU defence efforts miss the open goal again / The EU’s New Defense Pact: Marginal Gains / Pesco, the impotent gorilla

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Series Details 15.11.17
Publication Date 15/11/2017
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23 member states of the European Union signed on 13 November 2017 a joint notification regarding the launch of a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence. It was handed over to the EU's High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy. The door remained open for other member states to join at a later stage.

The possibility of the Permanent Structured Cooperation in the area of defence security and defence policy was introduced by the Lisbon Treaty. It foresaw the possibility of a number of EU member states working more closely together in the area of security and defence. This permanent framework for defence cooperation wwould allow those member states willing and able to jointly develop defence capabilities, invest in shared projects, or enhance the operational readiness and contribution of their armed forces.

Commentary feature in which the author argues that the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PeSCo) agreement announced by twenty three member states of the EU on the 13 November 2017 meant that all meaningful commitments had been watered down so as to become virtually meaningless.

The author concluded that 'the main question raised by this latest damp squib is just how often can the EU fail to deliver on its defence ambitions before the whole notion of an EU ‘defence project’ becomes terminally discredited?'

Further commentaries on the joint notification regarding the launch of a Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) on defence on the 23 November 2017 can be accessed by the related url hyperlinks below.

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ECFR: Podcast, 24.11.17: Has PESCO turned sour?
Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 16.11.17: The EU’s New Defense Pact: Marginal Gains
ECFR: Commentary, 17.11.17: Pesco, the impotent gorilla
ESO: Find more information on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)

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