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Procedure : 2016/2067(INI)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0317/2016

Texts tabled :

A8-0317/2016

Debates :

PV 22/11/2016 - 12
CRE 22/11/2016 - 12

Votes :

PV 23/11/2016 - 10.5
CRE 23/11/2016 - 10.5

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2016)0440

Debates
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

12. Implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy (debate)
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  Tamás Meszerics (Verts/ALE ). – Mr President, political developments in the last six months have compounded the challenges to European security and defence significantly. Some would argue that they have compounded these challenges to the degree that, today, the fundaments of the European security structures are called into question. I am not among those who would seek to raise false alarms, but there is much that we need to rethink.

The reports tend in that direction, but with all the failures which have already been mentioned. We need, I believe, a robust military capability; we need substantial power projection capability; we need credible power in order to be able to engage in conflict prevention successfully. But – allow me to use another comparison on relative defence spending – we spend 2.5 times more per year on defence than Russia. Let me be blunt: I believe we need more efficient and coordinated spending, and not more money.

 
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