Military Capabilities

EU defence ministers formally approve PESCO capability projects

07 March 2018

Key Points

  • EU defence ministers have approved a list of 17 defence capability projects to develop under the PESCO framework
  • However, moving beyond purely nationally oriented interests is still a big ask

Gathering in Brussels for their first permanent structured co-operation (PESCO) formation on 6 March, EU defence ministers formally approved their list of 17 defence capability projects to finance and develop within the European Union’s PESCO framework.

Among the projects, a Dutch-led one to boost military mobility across Europe – a NATO priority – will be among the most urgent to launch.

Noting that most of the needed changes to infrastructure to support military mobility “can only be done via EU action”, Federica Mogherini, EU defence policy chief, told reporters after the meeting.

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