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Tuesday, 4 July 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

12. EU defence plan and the future of Europe (topical debate)

  Tamás Meszerics (Verts/ALE ). – Madam President, there is much to be supported in this defence package. I am not going to go through all the details but we are able to support many elements of the three different scenarios worked out in the package. I would just like to highlight one missing element and the crucial question around it: the missing element is the capability requirement in the different scenarios. That is important, because that will define four structures. Somebody should do the planning for four structures, and it would be better if those who do this planning were answerable to somebody, possibly a parliamentary body, at the same time.

Put simply, we should not let R&D and procurement be driven by the needs of the defence industry. They should be driven by the strategic needs of the European Union.

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