Military Capabilities

As PESCO projects grow, the real challenge emerges: co-ordinated defence planning

23 May 2019

Key Points

  • MoDs within the EU need to embed cross-border co-ordination within their PESCO projects, an IRIS conference in Brussels has heard
  • Failure to do this could adversely affect the results of PESCO initiatives

As the pace of the EU's Permanent Structured Co-operation (PESCO) and EU-funded defence capability projects gather speed in 2019, officials and policy experts are warning that the projects' credibility - and success rate - will falter unless national ministries of defence (MoDs) deeply anchor cross-border co-ordination and the EU's capability planning tools into their structures.

"A change of mindset is still needed to get a full commitment to PESCO across and within our MoDs," said Jorge Domecq, chief executive of the European Defence Agency (EDA).

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