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NATO estimates most members will not reach 2% of GDP defence spending target in 2022

13th July 2022 - 16:00 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City


Dutch soldier fires a light machine gun during Exercise Griffin 2022. (Photo: NATO)

Although two-thirds of NATO member states will not reach 2% of the GDP in defence spending in 2022, almost 80% of the countries (23 nations) earmarked more than 20% of their defence budgets to equipment and modernisation.

Data recently released by NATO indicates that 20 of its 30 member states will not reach the desired spending benchmark of 2% of GDP on defence in 2022. 

Croatia (2.03%), Estonia (2.34%), Greece (3.76%), Latvia (2.10%), Lithuania (2.36%), Poland (2.42%), Slovakia (2%), the UK (2.12%) and the US (3.47%) are the only countries that are expected to achieve the goal this year.

The allocation of 2% of the GDP to defence expenditure was agreed upon by NATO defence ministers in 2006 as a way to ensure the Alliance’s military readiness as well as an indicator of its members' willingness to contribute to common

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Flavia Camargos Pereira


Flavia Camargos Pereira

Flavia Camargos Pereira is a land reporter at Shephard Media. She joined the company in …

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