Military Capabilities

EU eyes greater investments in defence, US officials stress value of partnership

20 June 2018

Key Points

  • The EU is considering a new fund to support operations and equipment for partner nations
  • A US senator has raised concerns about the potential fallout from the president’s tariffs policy

Officials from the European Union and the United States emphasised the need for increased investment and collaboration on defence during a 13 June conference in Washington.

The European Union is taking several steps to increase its own defence capability, thereby strengthening NATO and enhancing co-operation with the United States, according to an official with the European External Action Service.

During the seventh annual EU Security and Defense Washington Symposium, Deputy Secretary General for Common Security and Defence Policy Pedro Serrano said member states “need to do more” to enhance their own security.

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