Military Capabilities

As PESCO countries ready their list of projects, attention shifts to eligible participants

02 March 2018

With EU member states set to approve on 6 March the first list of defence projects to implement within their new legal framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), attention is shifting to two burning issues about the EU’s capability development in support of its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

The first issue concerns PESCO and how open its projects will be to third country participation. The second pertains to the EU’s post-Brexit defence relationship with the United Kingdom and implications for third country industrial players.

“These two topics are directly tied up with each other, and they will be the last things to be decided due to their complexity,” an EU source familiar with the issues told Jane’s on 1 March.

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