EU joins US, Canada and Norway in military mobility projects

Brussels — The European Union on Thursday approved the United States, Canada and Norway to participate in major military projects aimed at accelerating the deployment of troops and weapons around Europe.

At a meeting in Brussels, the EU Minister of Defense, led by the Netherlands, aimed to ease bureaucratic procedures that would significantly delay the deployment of troops, whether by land, sea or sea, in 27 countries. We gave a green light to three people participating in Brock’s “Military Movement” project. air.

“Their expertise will contribute to the project and, at the same time, improve military mobility inside and outside the EU,” said Brock’s Foreign Policy Officer and Conference Chairman Josep Borrell in a statement. “It will contribute to making the EU’s defense more efficient and strengthening our security.”

More than 70,000 US military personnel are stationed in Europe to reassure Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland that they will be defended in preparation for an invasion from Russia.

Canada leads NATO fighters stationed in this area near the Russian border, and Norway is also involved. The priority of the military alliance is to allow the military and equipment to move quickly.

Beyond border bureaucratic formalism, the smooth deployment of the military is roads and bridges that cannot handle large vehicles and tanks, runways that are too short for certain types of military aircraft, and shallow enough that some ships cannot dock. It is often hampered by inadequate infrastructure, such as ports. ..

This is the first time the EU has allowed participation in foreign military projects and is a sign of improved cooperation between the EU and NATO. German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karenbauer described the move as “a breakthrough in our concrete cooperation.”

She believes that bringing in a country is “a big step in terms of the practical capabilities of the European military, and this is another big step in transatlantic connectivity and cooperation between the European Union and NATO. “