The EU authorities on Wednesday presented an action plan to increase military mobility within the European Union and beyond, aimed at increasing the level of interaction for the transfer of forces in case of crisis situations, the first concrete measures will be implemented in the coming months, the European Commission reported. The plan is being implemented within the framework of the overall strategy for the establishment of a defense alliance between the EU countries by the year 2025.
"The action plan defines a number of operational measures to eliminate physical, procedural or regulatory barriers that impede military mobility," the press service of the European Commission said.
According to the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogerini, who presented this document on Wednesday, "the promotion of military mobility within the EU will help to be more effective in preventing crises, in deploying our missions and responding more quickly when challenges arise." Such cooperation is expected to be conducted, including with the participation of NATO.
The plan provides for the development by the middle of the year 2018 of specific regulatory requirements for military mobility. In addition, by 2019, tasks should be identified in the field of modernization of transport infrastructure, taking into account civil and military needs, a list of priority projects will be drawn up. Also, EU authorities should consider options for simplifying customs formalities in conducting military operations, assess the need for harmonization of general rules for the transport of dangerous goods.
The Action Plan is submitted to the EU member states for consideration and approval. The first activities are expected to be implemented in the coming months.
Heads of state and government of the European Union countries in December instructed to intensify the work on ensuring the free movement of troops and military equipment within the borders of the European Union both within the framework of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and in the context of EU-NATO cooperation. PESCO allows us to jointly form forces and assets and conduct operations in the field of defense and security. In November 23, EU countries, including non-NATO Austria, Cyprus, Finland and Sweden, formally notified the EU of their intention to proceed with the implementation of PESCO. Later, they were joined by two more countries. Only Great Britain, Denmark and Malta did not express a desire to participate in PESCO.