Europe’s security is EU's responsibility

posted 13 Apr 2019, 07:43 by Jan Wind   [ updated 13 Apr 2019, 08:09 ]
On 12 April 2019 the Netherlands branch of our partner organisation Eurodefense published en interesting paper on the advantages and options for Union Cooperation in European defence.

This Eurodefense Nederland paper examines the present position of the EU vis-à-vis the other important powers in the world and the changes within and outside the EU over the last decades. It confirms that if the EU wants to protect its position and its values, it should adopt a policy of “strategic autonomy”. This implies that the EU can maintain its independence in all relevant domains if necessary. The paper focusses on the security and defense aspects of strategic autonomy and concludes that the EU and the EU Council should take the necessary steps for the creation of an EU Defense Organization (EDO) and EU Defense Forces (EUDF). During the gradual build-up of EUDF the national defense organizations of member-states can be reduced and reorganized proportionally for territorial defense and related civil services and as back-up for EUDF.
        Picture  Ssolbergj (Wikipedia Commons CC3.0)
                                                                                                            Download the full paper here