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Athena Mechanism

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure from the public purse has been spent on European Security and Defence Policy military operations (a) under the Athena mechanism and (b) not under the Athena mechanism since January 2004, broken down by operation. (177526)

[holding answer 10 January 2008]: The amount spent on ESDP military operations since January 2004 under the Athena mechanism is set out as shown.

The amount spent on ESDP military operations since January 2004 not under the Athena mechanism format includes national borne costs which are held theatre wide rather than for NATO/ESDP (for example in the Balkans). Further work is therefore required to determine these costs as accurately as possible. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as this work is complete.

EU operation

Where

When

Under ATHENA (£ million)

ALTHEA

(Bosnia and Herzegovina

Since July 2004

15.177

EUFORDRC

Democratic Republic of Congo

April 2006 to November 2006

1.417

EUFOR CHAD/CAR

CHAD/ Central African Republic

Yet to deploy

5.902

Total

22.496

Substantive answer from Mr. Bob Ainsworth to Dr. Fox:

I undertook to write in answer to your Parliamentary Question of 14 January 2007, Official Report, column 878W, with more detail on the amount spent on ESDP military operations since January 2004 not under the Athena mechanism format.

In addition to the figures already provided, the national borne cost for NATO and ESDP missions is £208.95 million for the period requested. As this figure represents a national pan-Balkans commitment it has not been possible to disaggregate further between the NATO-led mission in Kosovo and the missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, at first led by NATO and after July 2004 led by the EU.

For the EUFOR mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo mission, two staff officers were deployed, but it has not been possible to disaggregate this figure.

For the EUFOR mission to Chad and the Central African Republic, two staff officers have deployed to the French OHQ in Paris and two staff officers will deploy with the Force Headquarters to Chad, but the figure for these costs has not yet been identified.