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Parliamentary questions
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26 April 2017
Question for written answer E-002931-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Arne Gericke (ECR) , Ulrike Müller (ALDE)

 Subject:  Common defence policy — function of the headquarters in Ulm
 Answer in writing 

The EU is currently creating a joint military command centre for foreign operations as part of the new EU military strategy. Following decisions made by the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Defence Minister, the new planning and command unit should be leading the training missions for armed forces in Mali, Somalia and Central Africa in just a few months’ time. Until now the EU has been able to draw on national armed force contingents within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) to intervene in international crises. Germany plays a leading role in this by hosting the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) and the Force Headquarters (FHQ) in Ulm.

1. Does the Commission plan to replace the existing and well-established headquarters in Ulm with the command centre in Brussels? If so, why?

2. Does the Commission support the position that the formation of the EU military strategy should draw upon the existing and proficient structures? Does it also support the position that facilities such as the Multinational Joint Headquarters in Ulm should be made more robust?

Original language of question: DE 
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