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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-000772/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission

It is important to note that the decision on how much each EU Member State spends or invests on defence lies in their respective national responsibility.

The main objective behind recent and ongoing EU initiatives on strengthening European defence is to create conditions which allow Member States to better coordinate and cooperate on defence and security issues. Concurrently joint planning and investing enables Member States to spend more efficiently from a financial perspective. It has been estimated that enhanced cooperation could save between EUR 25 and EUR 100 billion every year.

The EU and its Member States' higher level of ambition to work together in the area of defence is not the beginning of a militarisation or an arms race with third countries, but a contribution to enhanced security and stability as demanded by European citizens and our partners in the world. In this context, defence cooperation is just one element in the EU’s unique mix of instruments at hand to tackle today’s complex security challenges more effectively. The High Representative/Vice-President is committed to strengthening all relevant tools in parallel, including in particular civilian Common Security and Defence Policy with its important role in capacity building and conflict prevention.

Last updated: 14 June 2018Legal notice