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EU, NATO officials propose ‘military Schengen’

27 September 2017

Key Points

  • The notion of a ‘military Schengen’, where troops and materiel could move more easily within Europe, is being considered by NATO and the EU
  • However, the joint structures to facilitate this are not currently in place

The notion of a so-called ‘military Schengen’, where troops and materiel could move more easily within Europe, is among the main ideas proposed for permanent structured co-operation (PESCO) in defence among EU countries, according to EU and NATO military sources.

“There will need to be a strong political will to implement this concept because it would require changes in national legislation and, in some cases, national constitutions, but it is among the major PESCO projects now on the table,” a senior EU military officer told a closed session of defence policy and military officials on 26 September in Brussels, which Jane’s attended.

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