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Parliamentary questions
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31 August 2021
Question for written answer  E-003994/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Kostas Papadakis (NI)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Formation of EU ‘rapid reaction force’

The EU Vice-President / High Representative and the President of the European Council have announced the formation of a ‘rapid reaction force of 50 000 soldiers that could be deployed in response to events such as those occurring in Afghanistan’.

This is something that the EU has been seeking to achieve for years in its quest for ‘strategic autonomy’, with the avowed intent of ‘upholding democracy in third countries’, ‘combating terrorism’ or, ‘combating the Taliban’. In fact, however, this is merely a pretext for embarking on imperialist ventures and operations in dozens of countries. It is also encouraging military cooperation between the Member States through PESCO programmes designed to step up the militarisation of the imperialist alliance and capitalise on all recent technological advances in warfare and weaponry. At the same time, it is cooperating more closely with NATO by involving dozens of EU Member States in exercises focusing on Russia and China.

In view of this:

1. How does the Commission view the fact that EU military missions and those of its allies are not only signally failing to alleviate suffering, cruelty and poverty or improve the refugee situation, but are actually making matters worse, as evidenced by developments in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Iraq and former Yugoslavia?

2. What criteria, conditions and objectives will be guiding the future rapid response teams and how will they relate to PESCO and to previous plans for the formation of a European army?

Original language of question: EL
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