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23 EU member states sign document on defence cooperation
17:01, 13 November 2017
23 EU member states sign document on defence cooperation

The ultimate ratification of PESCO is to happen in December

17:01, 13 November 2017

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Representatives of 23 EU member states for the first time in the union’s history agreed on the Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence, PESCO. The signing ceremony took place in Brussels on November 13, according to Ukrinform.

Over 50 projects concerning defence capabilities and management of military operations have already been suggested in the framework of PESCO.

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High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini says that increasing defence in the EU is positive for NATO.

According to Deutsche Welle, the ultimate decision ratifying PESCO is to be taken in December. The participation in the program is voluntary for all EU member states. Ireland, Portugal, and Malta are still weighing in their participation in PESCO, while the UK and Denmark have already refused.

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