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Debates
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (Article 36 TEU) (A8-0360/2016 - Elmar Brok)
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  Maria Heubuch (Verts/ALE), in writing. – We welcome and support large parts of Mr Brok’s report on the Common Foreign and Security Policy and thank him for closely cooperating with our group on compromise language prior to the vote in committee. Europe’s neighbourhood is characterised by a growing number of armed conflicts and instability and we therefore very much support the call for a strengthened common foreign and security policy. However, we would like to clearly express our opposition regarding some of the proposals made in the report’s chapter on defence: we reject the Commission proposal on the financing of the European Defence Fund based on national contributions to be treated as one-offs under the Stability and Growth Pact. Member States should not further run into debt for defence and weaken the euro. We also reject the idea to use a number of existing civilian funds and divert financial resources to the defence industry such as the European Investment Bank, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, European Structural and Investment Funds, and the European Regional Development Fund. Instead, Member States should significantly strengthen military capabilities by pooling research, development, procurement and maintenance of capabilities.

 
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