22.11.16 22:22

European Parliament supports establishment of defense union

EU member states should intensify their efforts to ensure security and cooperation in the defense sector, which will eventually lead to the establishment of a European defense union.

Censor.NET reports referring to a European Parliament resolution.

The resolution was supported by 369 MEPs, 255 voted against and 70 abstained.

"In recent years the security situation in and around Europe has significantly worsened and has created arduous and unprecedented challenges that no single country or organisation is able to face alone," the resolution reads.

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The document is intended to boost allocation of funds for military missions and defense equipment, in particular helicopters.

The resolution stresses the need for enhancing military cooperation within the EU and urges its member states to aim for the target of 2 percent of GDP for defense spending.

It also provides for setting up an EU operational headquarters as a precondition for effective planning, command and control of common operations.

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