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EU to invite US, allies to ‘military mobility’ project

Council of EU okays participation of US, Canada, Norway in project aims at enabling quick movement of troops around Europe

Agnes Szucs   | 06.05.2021
EU to invite US, allies to ‘military mobility’ project

BRUSSELS

EU defense ministers on Thursday decided to invite the US, Canada and Norway to participate in the bloc’s “military mobility” project.

“Today, the Council (of the EU) approved the participation of the US, Canada and Norway in the Military Mobility PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) project,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced in a press statement.

“It will make EU defense more efficient and contribute to strengthen our security,” Borrell added.

In 2017, 25 EU member states had agreed to deepen defense cooperation under the legally binding framework of PESCO.

The PESCO’s Military Mobility project aims at enabling quick movement of military personnel and assets across the bloc by rail, road, sea or air.

Last November, EU defense ministers had decided to open the Military Mobility project for non-EU countries. Canada, Norway and the US showed interest in joining the project.​​​​​​​

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