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Parliamentary questions
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1 April 2016
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001180/2016

The vocation of Eurocorps is to provide a multinational, fully deployable and highly autonomous Head Quarter (HQ) for its Framework Nations (FNs) as well as the EU, NATO and other International Organisations. It is designed to plan and conduct land and land heavy operations across the full spectrum of operations by commanding allocated forces, as decided by its Common Committee.

As such, the contribution of Eurocorps is clearly highly relevant to the capacity of the European Union to manage crises under the Common Security and Defence Policy. In particular, the current Eurocorps commitment to the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) under EU command, together with Eurocorps' commitment to participate as (Force) HQ in the EU Battlegroups, and its participation in EU exercises, are all highly appreciated.

The Eurocorps FNs approved a Framework Document (dated 10 July2015), which aims at informing EU on Eurocorps' capabilities as a rapid deployable HQ for military CSDP missions. The Eurocorps aspires to become a preferred military asset for the EU in the future by increasing its availability and hence its visibility within the EU crisis management arena.

In January 2016 a non-binding Letter of Intent was signed between the EEAS and Eurocorps, expressing mutual interest to closely relate and coordinate work, with the intention of assuring added value to both organisations.

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