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European defence cooperation still falling short

31st March 2014 - 13:37 GMT | by Joyce de Thouars in London


While the pooling and sharing of defence capabilities is still regarded as the way forward, many obstacles to its voluntary implementation remain, participants at the annual conference of the European Defence Agency (EDA) heard.

At a roundtable focusing on Europe’s defence capabilities and the progress of pooling and sharing, Pieter de Crem, Belgian deputy prime minister and minister of defence, stated that since the signing of the ‘Code of Conduct on Pooling and Sharing’ in 2012, not enough progress has been made to secure Europe’s defence capabilities.

‘The steps we have taken so far are simply not adequate to compensate

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Joyce de Thouars


Joyce de Thouars

Joyce holds a MA degree in Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College London. Before she …

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