BRUSSELS bureaucrats are said to be planning to set up a new military unit in a bid to increase greater defence cooperation, according to diplomats.
The division, known as the Military Planning and Conduct Capabilities (MPCC) unit, could be responsible for the EU training missions in African countries including Somalia, Mali and Central African Republic.
There are early suggestion the MPCC is set to be based in Brussels, the same location as the EU Military Staff (EUMS), who provide military expertise to EU members.
The new unit is intended to deal solely with military operations, and would be much smaller than the existing EUMS department.
The unit is set to be comprised of between 20 and 30 members of staff who will be led by Esa Pulkkinen, a Finnish general already in charge of the EUMS, according to Politico.
The EU is set to explore a clause in the Lisbon Treaty which would allow more military integration between member states.
The clause states that countries willing to integrate further would be able to do so without the consensus of others, and this possibility is set to be debated at an EU summit in June.
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