EU adds new tool to preserve peace
1 December, 2017
On 30 November, MEPs agreed the EU fund for stability and peace to be topped up by €100m, covering projects in 70 countries that will be used to support civilian tasks performed by the military. Until now, such support for the military has always been excluded, even though in some cases it is the only body capable of restoring security and basic services. This funding will only be possible if the partner country and the EU agree that the military are key to preserving peace or overcoming a crisis, and civilian forces are deemed not able to cope with the challenge.
It is a missing link in the EU’s tools for security and development, and we are dealing here with assistance in countries like Mali, Somalia, Niger, Central African Republic and many others, where unfortunately, development isn’t possible without the involvement of the armed forces, said French EPP MEP Arnaud Danjean, co-rapporteur on the file. The tool is designed for building hospitals or developing communication systems.