Council discusses defence cooperation

Council discusses defence cooperation


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On 14 May, the Council discussed Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) after its first full year of implementation.
It was stressed that participating member states have made progress in increasing the level of defence budgets and joint defence investment with an increase of the aggregated defence budgets of 3.3% in 2018 and 4.6% 2019. Another positive trend is the fact that participating member states are increasingly using EU tools, initiatives and instruments in national defence planning.
The establishment od PESCO was adopted by the Council on 11 December 2017. This permanent framework for defence cooperation allows willing and able member states to develop jointly defence capabilities, invest in shared projects, and enhance the operational readiness and contribution of their armed forces.

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