Major EU Countries Call for Enhanced Security Cooperation
Germany, France, Italy and Spain advocate closer cooperation within the framework of the European security policy in light of the changes that have occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. The current crises, conflicts and instability of the systems were hit by the epidemic, the defense ministers of the four countries indicated in a letter to the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell, issued on Thursday, May 28.
In this regard, it makes sense to regularly conduct crisis trainings in order to develop a unified vision of the scenarios for the implementation of threats, Head of the German Ministry of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and her colleagues believe. In their opinion, enhanced military cooperation should be better established.
The cooperation started in 2017 as part of the PESCO program of « permanent structural cooperation », in which all countries of the European Union, except Denmark and Malta, take part. The cooperation should reach a new level in 2021, when the European Defense Fund is fully operational. Ministers of the four largest EU countries insist that projects within the framework of PESCO should give visible operational results in a short time.
In its arms policy, Europe should reduce its dependence on other countries and double-check direct investment from abroad, the document reads.