Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the press conference following the EU Informal Defence Ministers meeting (Operation Sophia and italian proposal).

31 agosto 2018

Let me start by thanking Mario [Kunasek, Defence Minister of Austria] and the Austrian Presidency for an excellent hospitality and for an excellent preparation, also an excellent weather – it does not harm – and also for a good cooperation on the political preparation of this informal Defence Ministers meeting. Today, with the Ministers we discussed mainly our common work on the European Union defence and security package. As a few Ministers have said today: We have today in place European Union security and defence initiatives that were never in place before in the history of our Union and this is thanks to a good unity work that has been done on defence and security inside the European Union. Today we discussed how to move this work forward, in particular, when it comes to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). We have received more than 30 new proposals for PESCO projects that we are now assessing and that will be, I believe, ready for adoption in November and that will...
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