The Ministers of defence of France Jean-Yves Le Drian and his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen has prepared draft proposals for modernisation of the defence system of the European Union, reports The Guardian.
According to Le Figaro, the document was sent to the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini. It will be discussed at the upcoming EU summit in Bratislava.
According to The Guardian, citing a report of the Ministry of defence of France, the project Le Drian and von der Leyen will be the basis for consideration of the restart of the European system of defense.”
The goal prepared by the Ministers of the project is to make the European defense system “are more active, more useful, replacing it with national defense agencies, which, by definition, remain a key link in the security of the EU”, said a source close to Le Drian, was quoted by The Guardian.
“We want to simplify the deployment of [military] operations of the EU,” he added, without disclosing details. However, he clarified that the document contains specific” suggestions, not just “great ideas”.
According to German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the Franco-German document suggests the creation of a centre for management of European defence, the common system of satellite monitoring and the exchange of logistical and military medical resources.
In addition, according to the proposals of the Ministry of defense of France and Germany, for a number of defense projects it will be enough consent a narrower circle of EU members, should obtain the approval of all will fail.
On the launch of the joint initiative on strengthening security of the EU French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have agreed on the sidelines of the NATO summit in July this year.
According to Le Figaro, in a letter that accompanied Mogherini to the proposal of defense Ministers of the two countries, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ursula von der Leyen said “the deteriorating situation in the security sphere” that affect all EU countries, and expressed its conviction “of the need to take decisive action in the protection of European citizens and the protection of values.”