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Enhancing its role as a “security provider” in “Southern neighborhood” implies the instability in the Middle East, including Israel.
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BRUSSELS — Options for deploying European Union battlegroups —the EU’s rapid-response forces — will be discussed during a series of meetings Sept. 25-26.
The battlegroup discussion comes ahead of a meeting of EU defense ministers in November and a summit of EU heads of state and government on defense matters in December.
EU battlegroups are military units that support the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Member states contribute personnel and resources to the units, which comprise about 1,500 troops, on a rotating six-month basis. EU battlegroups have been on standby since 2007, but they have yet to be used. Currently, a British-led battlegroup is on standby with contributions from the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia and Lithuania.
In a news release following an informal meeting of EU defense ministers in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Sept. 5-6, LithuanianDefense Minister Juozas Olekas said his EU counterparts supported his view that the upcoming European Council — the December summit of EU heads of state and government on defense matters — should also address the future of EU battlegroups.
“We would like to get a strong political message in December to update the current level of ambition and commitment to use EU battlegroups,” Olekas said at the meeting. “We propose to use EU battlegroups in a more flexible way by using, for instance, only some part of the group in line with a crisis scenario.”
“The idea is that, for a particular crisis, elements of a battlegroup could be used,” Urbelis said. “A standard battalion is made up of three infantry companies, but three infantry companies are not always needed if the EU is responding to a crisis. It could be a crisis needing just one company.”
On a separate issue, Lithuania’s Olekas, whose country currently holds the presidency of the EU, said that “the deterioration of the situation in our southern neighborhood clearly shows that the EU needs to enhance its role as a security provider. More active engagement of partners to the Common Security and Defence Policy should therefore be one of the solutions.
“The changing security environment should drive and shape our security thinking and priorities, and the latter should be reflected in strategic documents,” he said. “I would compare strategic guidelines to GPS: Navigation system maps should be updated constantly along with the changing environment; otherwise, they would lead to wrong directions. And I therefore think that commitment by the European Council to begin updating of the current strategic guidelines would be just in time.”
The current EU Security Strategy was developed 10 years ago.
Full article: EU To Consider Options for Deploying Battlegroups (Defense News)