EU still looking for more to do

21-Feb-2013 @ 18:0

Geoffrey Van Orden Geoffrey Van Orden

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

In a joint meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defence committees today (21 February), Poland and Sweden's Foreign Ministers presented their proposals, alongside Italy and Spain - to create a 'European Global Strategy' for a more active EU foreign and defence policy.

This would go beyond the EU Security Strategy, last updated in 2008, and look for further opportunities for EU involvement.

Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, Conservative Defence Spokesman, commented:

"Some do not seem to get the fact that we don't want the EU ranging around trying to invent more things to do. The trend needs to be the opposite.

"You cannot get closer to the bone of national sovereignty than foreign and defence policies, and the EU sees fulfilment of its ambitions in these fields as a key aim.

"Of course it can be helpful if 27 countries all sign up to a robust policy on a particular issue, but there are many ways of achieving that without creating a massive and expensive EU bureaucratic apparatus.

"We don't need a 'European Global Strategy' - all we want is that European countries pull their weight internationally, ensure they have capable and deployable armed forces, and engage as Nato allies when required."

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