Towards a Standing European Union Auxiliary Navy, Moritz Brake/Sebastian Bruns

The European Union depends on the sea for its security and prosperity as over 70% of its borders are maritime, 90% of its external commerce and world trade pass over the ocean, 50% of EU population and 50% of EU GDP is situated in regions close to the sea. When it comes to acting beyond the range of coastal waters or within areas of heightened security risk, there is rarely a more suitable executive agency than a navy on which to base a state’s external action at sea. The European Union depends on a capable naval force to make a difference in this rapidly changing world. The authors argue in favour of a pool of support vessels of an EU Auxiliary Fleet to extend the Member States's navies' range in spirit of deeper defence intergration.



Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU Office

Rue du Taciturne 38
BE-1000 Brussels

+32 22 34 62 90
+32 22 34 62 81


Next events...

"What’s the offer? A new partnership between Europe and Africa"

Online Series, November 2020

Read more

Colombia and Venezuela, countries forever entwined? Security Challenges and Expectations on the Role of the European Union

17,19,24/11/2020, Online Series, 16h00 – 18h00

Read more

Book Launch – Eurasia goes to Africa

25.11.2020, Online Policy Dialogue, 10h00 – 11h30

Read more