On 14 July, ICDS Research Fellows Tony Lawrence, Henrik Praks and Pauli Järvenpää presented their policy paper and companion report, “Building Capacity for the EU Global Strategy” at a seminar at ICDS.
The event was introduced by Klen Jäärats, Director of EU Affairs of the Government Office of Estonia.
Following the publication of the EU Global Strategy, EU Member States have agreed a new level of ambition in security and defence. But this ambition will amount to little if it is not underpinned by effective military capabilities. Defence cooperation is thus a necessity if the Member States are to deliver the real capability that both the EU and NATO require. In the light of new EU-level initiatives – Permanent Structured Cooperation, the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence and the Commission’s Defence Action Plan and Defence Fund – ICDS’s policy paper and report discuss some of the issues related to further building the EU’s defence dimension, with a focus on the generation and sustainment of the political will necessary for collaborative military capability development.
The policy paper and report are available here.