EU steps up military mobility efforts10/11/17Defence
European Commission High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini is proposing a number of actions to improving military mobility within the European Union.
As part of the drive to better protect citizens and improve the bloc’s security environment, the actions are being discussed today (10 November) in Brussels.
A joint communication adopted today outlines steps to be taken to address the obstacles hindering the movement of military equipment and personnel across the EU with the aim of facilitating and advancing their mobility to react in a fast and effective way to internal and external crises.
Mogherini said: “European citizens understand that only together, as a union, can we tackle the security challenges of our times. Co-operation inside the European Union and with our partners has become a must. There is a growing demand for our member states to co-ordinate and work together on defence.”
She added: “We have also decided to further strengthen military mobility among EU member states and in co-operation with NATO.”
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc added: “The European Union has a modern transport network that serves the needs of Europeans. These needs can also be of a military nature. The swift movement of military personnel and equipment is hindered by physical, legal and regulatory barriers. This creates inefficiencies in public spending, delays, disruptions, and above all a greater vulnerability. It is high time we maximise civil and military synergies also through our transport network in an efficient and sustainable manner.”
Expediting military mobility, ranging from routine needs to strategic pre-deployment of military forces and resources, will be done in full respect of the sovereignty of member states.