The European Commission’s controversial standing proposal to use part of the EU’s development aid to train and equip the security forces of weak or failed states moved one step closer to reality on 27 October. A new political compromise between the European Union’s two legislative branches – the Council and the European Parliament – now sets the stage for the proposal’s formal approval before the end of 2017.
The compromise recognises that “sustainable development depends on addressing the root causes of conflict and promoting peace and stability,” said Kaja Tael, Estonia’s ambassador to the European Union, on 27 October. Tallinn currently holds the European Union’s rotating six-month presidency.
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