MEP raises questions on European Army

MEP raises questions on European Army

On 7 September 2020 Croatian Member of the European Parliament Ivan Vilibor Sinčić raised a written question to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the European Army.

A European army, or in general terms European armed forces, would be a force consisting of the armed forces of all Member States. A European army would also be the successor to the Common Security and Defence Policy, i.e. the Defence Union. Numerous prominent EU officials, such as former Commission President Juncker, and leaders of Member States, such as German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron, have backed the idea.

The MEP asked the following questions of the High Representative:

1.         Are there any serious plans to create a single European army in the current decade, and in particular during the von der Leyen Commission?

2.         If so, at what stage is the process and what legal acts are anticipated to be adopted?

3.         What will happen to the armed forces of the Member States (e.g. the Croatian Army) in the event of the creation of a common European army?The High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell responded on behalf of the European Commission on 27 November stating that:

 The High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell responded on behalf of the European Commission on 26 November stating that: “There are no discussions ongoing within the EU institutions as regards a ‘European Army’. The EU remains, however, strongly committed to supporting closer cooperation in the defence sector. With the recently launched defence-related initiatives such as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and the European Defence Fund, the EU has taken ground-breaking steps to deepen defence cooperation in the EU and enhance its capacity to act as global security provider.”

Photo Credit : https://www.euractiv.com/section/security/news/eastern-eu-leaders-call-for-joint-army-at-summit-with-germany/

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