10 III 2017

EU Defence Ministers meeting

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- All EU action in the field of defense must be coordinated with NATO and cannot conflict with the analogous actions of NATO - said Mr Antoni Macierewicz after the EU defense ministers meeting, which was held in Brussels.
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Polish defense minister stressed that - it is impossible to imagine a situation in which we spent twice the money for similar actions, once undertaken by NATO, once by the EU and that we conducted them in parallel, without synchronization.

The meeting began with a joint session of defense and foreign ministers on security and defense (FAC), during which the Council adopted conclusions on the progress made from the European Council meeting on 15 December 2016. The conclusions will be the basis of a report to the European Council, which meets on 9-10 March, 2017 r.

As part of this decisions, it was decided to create a central cell for planning, implementation and coordination of the EU military operations, including among others training of the armed forces and assistance in the crisis regions. The cell, referred to as a MPCC (Military Planning and Conduct Capability), is to enable faster and more effective EU response to crises and to organize military and civilian missions. Decisions on launching such a mission will still be taken by the EU countries.

First, the MPCC will coordinate the ongoing training operations in Mali, Somalia and the Central African Republic.

According to the defense minister Antoni Macierewicz this decision is an important step forward in the implementation of specific tasks in the field of defense cooperation. Moreover, it is so important because there is a consensus to develop the military missions of the EU, strengthen and create a safety buffer in Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine. And this is the area particularly important for us because of the growing threat from the Russian side - said the head of the Defense Ministry.

He added that Poland will also participate in the same projects in the south of the EU, especially when it will help to tackle the problems of migration from the Middle East or Africa.

Before the FAC meeting, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini met with defense ministers at a working breakfast to discuss the strategic perspective of the EU commitment to the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

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