According to EU Council President Charles Michel, EU leaders approved a significantly revised and more powerful military strategy during a summit on Friday.
The so-called Strategic compass represents a notable shift in the EU’s collective military ambitions, which have historically been tiny, with efforts instead being focused on individual militaries and NATO capabilities. Still, the new plan’s ultimate ambitions are limited and see – among other things – the creation of an EU rapid deployment force of up to 5,000 soldiers, but not the creation of a full EU army.
“We endorsed the Strategic Compass, which will be our guide for a stronger defense policy and strengthen our European defense capabilities,” Michel said tweeted Friday morning.
While work on the Strategic Compass began nearly two years ago, officials have had to repeatedly rewrite the language as threats evolved. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last month gave the document a new urgency. Now the bloc will start working on its implementation – not an easy task given the EU’s limited track record of military efforts.
Upon entering the summit on Friday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stressed Again, that the EU’s defense plans aim to make the bloc a “stronger partner” for both NATO and “partners around the world,” meaning the EU has no intention of increasing NATO capabilities duplicate, a concern often expressed by Baltic and Eastern European countries.
France led the charge in updating the EU’s military ambitions and prioritizing the Strategic Compass during the country’s rotating EU Council presidency, which runs until June. EU foreign and defense ministers approved the new plans earlier this week.
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