Military Capabilities

Third round of PESCO projects approved, with pause in 2020 to assess process

13 November 2019

The EU Council has formally approved another 13 capability projects under the umbrella of its Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in defence, which comprises 25 of the EU’s 28 member states. The decision brings the total number of PESCO projects to 47 since the initiative was launched two years ago.

“The emphasis from now on will be on the projects’ implementation to make sure they deliver on their purpose,” Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign and defence policy chief, told reporters after a 12 November meeting of EU defence ministers in Brussels to approve the third round of PESCO projects. She added that no additional projects will be sought or accepted during 2020 to facilitate a mid-point assessment of the PESCO process, the initial phase of which runs until 2025.

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