Minister welcomes developments on EU defence

European Union – Defence/European Commission’s presentation of a detailed plan on strengthening Defence Europe – Press communiqué issued by Mme Sylvie Goulard, Minister for the Armed Forces

Paris, 7 June 2017

Mme Sylvie Goulard, Minister for the Armed Forces, welcomes the European Commission’s presentation of a detailed plan on strengthening Defence Europe.

Against a background of recurring terrorist attacks in Europe and the world, the European Commission’s proposals are a welcome wake-up call. The European Union and its members owe European citizens greater protection.

A European defence fund, ultimately destined to distribute ambitious sums of money, is being proposed. It marks a turning point for more effective cost-sharing, and also defence capabilities.

This work gives the issues of innovation, resources and technological sovereignty a major political boost. These themes, I am convinced, must be at the heart of our common strategy. It is up to us to grasp this opportunity. We will have to conduct an effective, constructive debate at the European Council and European Parliament to allow these projects to come into being as soon as possible.

The three different scenarios proposed by the European Commission are clear and force everyone to face up to their responsibilities. France, which is making a very special defence effort, welcomes this.

I will talk to several of my European counterparts and partners about these subjects in Prague on Friday at the defence and security conference organized by the Czech government and the European Commission./.

Published on 13/06/2017

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