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EU Defence Policy

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK services personnel wear EU insignia; and where those personnel are based. (170594)

Any UK military personnel seconded to the EU Military Staff or deployed on EU military missions may be required to wear EU insignia during the course of their duties.

18 UK military personnel are currently seconded to the EU Military Staff in Brussels. A further 19 military personnel are currently deployed on EU military missions: 13 in Bosnia Herzegovina; two in Sudan; and four in Paris as part of the proposed ESDP mission to Chad/Central African Republic, two of whom would deploy to Chad/Central African Republic as part of the Force Headquarters.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the role of the Head of the EU Command Element, Naples is; and to whom he reports. (170602)

The role of the Head of the EU Command Element in Naples is to work closely with NATO staffs based at the Naples NATO Joint Force Command on co-ordinating and deconflicting EU/NATO military issues in the Balkans, including the availability to the EU of NATO common assets and capabilities in support of the EU-led Operation ALTHEA in Bosnia-Herzegovina under the “Berlin Plus” arrangements. He reports to NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Command Europe in the latter’s capacity as Operation Commander for Operation ALTHEA.