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Parliamentary questions
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31 October 2017
Question for written answer E-006756-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Tonino Picula (S&D)

 Subject:  Implementation of PESCO
 Answer in writing 

The Commission has supported the Member States by creating a framework at EU level to provide better protection for EU citizens. The aim of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is to enhance the role of the EU in security and defence through more effective defence capacities and capabilities, and through closer cooperation among Member States.

Following Commission President Juncker’s State of the Union speech, the Council’s conclusions of 20-21 October and the latest Commission communication on the Common Security and Defence Policy, the Commission is asked to answer the following:
1. Given that Member States participating in PESCO are expected to bring their defence apparatus into line with each other, how does the Commission plan to assist in the management of available funds, and in defining tasks complementary with those of NATO in order to avoid duplication?
2. Given that participation in PESCO is voluntary and that the participating Member States retain decision-making authority, will the Commission encourage the latter to exchange essential data?
3. How will cooperation with non-PESCO countries, including accession countries, be achieved with a view to ensuring their stability, which is crucial for the security of the entire EU?
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