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EU: Gendarmerie Force

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the status of the European Gendarmerie Force; which countries take part in it; at what cost; and in what circumstances they anticipate its deployment in the United Kingdom. [HL325]

The European Gendarmerie Force is a police force with a military status that has full police powers, capable to respond to the full spectrum of police missions, both under civilian and military control.

The European Gendarmerie Force is a multinational initiative of five EU member states—France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain—aimed at improving crisis management capability in sensitive areas. It will support peacekeeping missions around the world. Romania joined on 17 December 2008. The cost is borne by the participating countries.

The UK is not party to the European Gendarmerie Force. The Government currently foresee no circumstances under which they would give their consent for a European Gendarmerie Force operation to be run in the UK.