Military Capabilities

European Court of Auditors report criticises EU defence ambitions

13 September 2019

A new report by the European Court of Auditors (CoA) slams the European Commission’s policy goals and funding for defence capability development, warning that the EU’s resources, planning structures, and alignment of its ambitions with those at national level fall far short of the mark. Without binding rules, transparency of spending, and far higher levels of defence expenditure at a national level, the risk of failure, duplication of effort with NATO, and debilitating fights over future EU funding is serious, it warns.

“In the absence of critical success factors and without specifying clear goals, there is a risk that current EU defence initiatives remain a dead letter and end up with no outcome,” said Juhan Parts, the CoA member responsible for the review.

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