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Details of newly proposed EU defense tool to be presented in June - Mogherini


The EU will prepare by mid-June a detailed report on the recently proposed new instrument in the field of foreign policy and defense - the European Peace Facility - which would support EU operations in third countries and provide military-technical assistance to partners, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, APA reports citing Sputnik.

 

On May 2, the European Commission proposed a 40-percent increase of security spending in the EU 2021-2027 budget. The Commission also proposed to increase foreign policy spending and to establish a defense fund called the European Peace Facility (EPF) worth 10.5 billion euros ($12.5 billion), which can be used to provide military-technical support to the armed forces of countries outside the bloc.

 

"And I also informed ministers of my intention to present a detailed proposal by mid June on the European Peace Facility, a new off-budget instrument to finance our defense work, military operations, but also support for partners and also the possibility to finance military equipment of partners," Mogherini said at a press conference following the informal meeting of EU ministers of defense in Sofia.

 

Mogherini added that by June the report on PESCO implementation will also be presented.

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