The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have the pleasure of presenting a new Task Force report:
Years of uncoordinated cuts in defence spending have eroded the EU’s role as a security actor in what is now a multipolar world. This Task Force report aims to provide member states and the EU institutions with the narrative to strengthen defence cooperation in the EU, in the face of numerous emergencies in the EU’s strategic neighbourhood and ever-present security threats.
The report is a record of the deliberations over several months between high-level experts in the field of European security and defence, who conclude that the Treaty of Lisbon demands and permits a great deal more in terms of our common security and defence activities. And that member states could achieve much more value for money than the €190 billion that they spend to keep up 28 national armies, comprising roughly 1.5 million service personnel.
The Task Force report suggests policy actions to further the EU’s strategic, institutional, capabilities, and resources cooperation in the field of defence. Ultimately, in the view of the Task Force experts, further integration should amount to a ‘European Defence Union’ (EDU).