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8 June 2017

European Defence: France hails the European Commission's plan

The Minister for the Armed Forces, Sylvie Goulard, welcomes the European Commission's presentation of a detailed plan on bolstering European defence.
 
Against the backdrop of recurring terror attacks, on European soil and worldwide, the European Commission's proposals are a reassuring sign that it recognises the need for action. It is the European Union and its members' duty to provide European citizens with greater protection.
 
Plans for a European Defence Fund, with the ultimate aim of distributing ambitious sums, have been outlined. This is a turning point for more effectively sharing costs and defence capabilities alike.
 
Thanks to this progress, the themes of innovation, means and technological sovereignty are gaining major political momentum – and must form the cornerstone of the common strategy. For Sylvie Goulard, this is an opportunity for seizing on the part of Europeans. An effective and constructive debate will have to be held within the European Parliament and Council so that these plans can come about as soon as possible.
 
The three different scenarios put forward by the European Commission are clear, and stake out the responsibilities we will each have to assume. France, which is devoting altogether exceptional efforts to the matter of defence, fully approves.
 
The Minister is poised to raise these subjects with several of her European partners and counterparts on 9 June in Prague, at the Defence and Security Conference organised by the Czech Government and the European Commission.