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Defence: European Union

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to discuss a European defence capabilities charter with his EU counterparts. (170010)

Our objective is to enhance the separate defence capabilities of European nations, so that Europe can play a more effective role in reducing conflict and reinforcing peace. We are therefore encouraging partners rapidly to develop the more effective, deployable, interoperable and sustainable forces required for current and likely future operations. These capabilities would be available for, and enhance, multilateral crisis interventions, including those delivered through the NATO and the UN.