National ministers have called for the EU to set out a concrete plan to fund defence research, at a meeting overshadowed by concerns about the future of NATO.
In conclusions adopted yesterday, the Foreign Affairs Council listed a proposal for defence research as a major step to raise the EU’s military capabilities. Ministers agreed to promote defence technology development and to team up on topics including cyber security and border controls.
The meeting was held under the shadow of the outcome of the US presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly said during his campaign that the US would not automatically help to defend Nato allies, thereby raising concerns in Europe about possible military threats from Russia.