Military Capabilities

EDA countries push ahead to accelerate air, ground, and waterway military mobility

15 May 2019

A majority of the European Defence Agency (EDA) member states have agreed to start work to align their administrative rules by 2020 to quickly grant permissions for cross-border military movements within Europe. The decision supports the European Union’s (EU’s) wider military mobility goals and builds on the agency’s previous work to harmonise cross-border military flight clearance procedures.

Twenty-two of the EDA’s 27 countries signed the new programme on 14 May, ‘Optimising cross border movement permission in Europe’. The other five are either still staffing to join the group (Germany, Finland, and Slovenia) or have not committed to the arrangement due to neutrality or political uncertainty (Ireland and the UK).

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