The European Commission presented a roadmap aimed at removing barriers on the transport of military units and forces within the European Union. This was stated in the message on the website of the European Commission.
"European citizens understand that only together, as a Union, can we tackle the security challenges of our times. Cooperation inside the European Union and with our partners has become a must. There is a growing demand for our Member States to coordinate and work together on defence. So while we are moving forward with the Permanent Structured Cooperation to make our defence more effective, we have also decided to further strengthen military mobility among EU Member States and in cooperation with NATO," said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon adoption of the Communication.
It is specified that this road map provides for the improvement of infrastructure, in particular, bridges, roads and runways, through which heavy military equipment and equipment will be moved. In addition, administrative and customs procedures due to which the movement of troops and equipment can be delayed should be simplified, which makes this process more expensive, and makes Europe more vulnerable to possible attacks.
Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "The European Union has a modern transport network that serves the needs of Europeans. These needs can also be of a military nature. The swift movement of military personnel and equipment is hindered by physical, legal and regulatory barriers. This creates inefficiencies in public spending, delays, disruptions, and above all a greater vulnerability. It is high time we maximise civil and military synergies also through our transport network in an efficient and sustainable manner."
The European Commission noted that before March 2018, the department will provide recommendations on actions to be taken to simplify the procedure of moving troops and military equipment within the EU, and will determine the time frame for the implementation of this process.
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