Canada, Norway and US to take part in Military Mobility PESCO’s project

Photo: EU Josep Borrell.

Following the requests of Canada, Norway and the US to participate in the PESCO project Military Mobility, the Council adopted on Thursday positive decisions authorising the coordinator of this project – the Netherlands – to invite the three countries. They will be the first third states to be invited to take part in a PESCO project. 

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy noted that the expertise of these countries “will contribute to the project and, with it, to improving military mobility within and beyond the EU”.

This is an area of shared priority and common interest in our transatlantic relations, it will make EU defence more efficient and contribute to strengthen our security, the HR outlined.

These decisions by the Council confirm that the participation of the three countries in the project meets the general conditions as established in Decision (CFSP) 2020/1639 of November 2020. Some of these conditions are political in nature, others are focused on the substantive contribution by the third state to the PESCO project, or prescribe certain legal requirements.

The PESCO project Military Mobility is a strategic platform enabling the swift and seamless movement of military personnel and assets throughout the EU, whether by rail, road, air or sea. This is important to EU security and defence, its preparedness and resilience, as well as to EU CSDP missions and operations, according to the Council.

Last November, the Council adopted decision establishing the general conditions under which third states could exceptionally be invited to participate in individual PESCO projects.

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