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EU and NATO Missions

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was to the UK of (a) EU military operations and (b) NATO military operations in each year between 2003 and 2006. (117242)

The cost of UK contributions to EU and NATO operations are not borne by the Defence budget. Costs are charged either against the HM Treasury Reserve or the conflict prevention pools.

The MOD records centrally costs of regional operations as a whole and does not apportion operational cost to the specific command authority at the time. Consequently, it is not possible to distinguish between the EU and NATO costs in all cases

Total cost (£ million)Notes

Afghanistan

2003-2004

46

NATO led operation

2004-2005

67

NATO led operation

2005-2006

199

NATO led operation

The Balkans

2003-2004

103

NATO led operations

2004-2005

87

EU1/NATO

2005-2006

63

EU/NATO

DR Congo

2003-2004

1

EU led2

2006-2007

Negligible3

EU

Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

2003-2004

1

EU4

1 FOR ALTHEA (Bosnia and Herzegovina) commenced 12 December 2004. 2 Operation ARTEMIS: June to September 2003. 3 Operation EUFOR RD Congo: April to November 2006.The UK contribution to this operation consisted of one staff officer in Potsdam and one officer in Kinshasa—hence the operational cost to the UK was negligible 4 Operation CONCORDIA: March to December 2003