Defence Minister welcomes EU Military Mobility initiative

Defence Minister Savvas Angelides welcomed on Monday the EU Military Mobility Programme, during his participation in the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU, in Defense and Foreign Affairs ministers format, held in Luxembourg.

During his intervention, the Minister expressed Cyprus support to initiatives to improve the European Military Mobility in the EU, noting that this was a European effort and stressing that the European Union should focus on implementing programmes that will facilitate the achievement of the level of the EU ambition in the context of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), while at the same time contributing to the effective implementation of the European solidarity and mutual assistance.

The Council welcomed the Military Mobility Action Plan and approved the relevant military requirements, calling on the member states to take action as soon as possible to implement the decisions, fully respecting the sovereignty and the reception process decisions at national level

In addition to military mobility, Ministers had the opportunity to exchange views on security and defence issues, including the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), the Coordinated Annual Review (CARD), the European Defence Fund (EDF), the European Peace Facility (EPF) and the Hybrid Threats and EU-NATO cooperation.

With regard to the PESCO Permanent Structured Cooperation, the Council adopted a decision establishing a common set of governance rules for the programmes and confirmed the intention to reach a decision next November on the conditions for the participation of third countries in the programs.

Source: Cyprus News Agency