The event was introduced by Klen Jäärats, Director of EU Affairs of the Government Office of Estonia.
Following the publication of the EU Global Strategy, EU Member States have agreed a new level of ambition in security and defence. But this ambition will amount to little if it is not underpinned by effective military capabilities. Defence cooperation is thus a necessity if the Member States are to deliver the real capability that both the EU and NATO require. In the light of new EU-level initiatives – Permanent Structured Cooperation, the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence and the Commission’s Defence Action Plan and Defence Fund – ICDS’s policy paper and report discuss some of the issues related to further building the EU’s defence dimension, with a focus on the generation and sustainment of the political will necessary for collaborative military capability development.
The policy paper and report are available here.