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EU Ministers sign joint notification on strengthening the EU’s defence dimension

EU Ministers sign joint notification on strengthening the EU’s defence dimension

On Monday, ministers from 23 EU member states signed a joint notification on the creation of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) which is aimed at strengthening the EU’s defence dimension.

At the Brussels meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó signed the document on behalf of Hungary. He told Hungarian news agency MTI that he hopes that PESCO will help the people of Europe and Hungary to live a more secure life.

He pointed out that the government of Hungary emphatically adopted the standpoint that

“Europeans need common defence, and they need the creation of capabilities which enable them to take more effective action against illegal migration and terrorism as well.”

Mr. Simicskó was of the opinion that PESCO “can open very significant perspectives” if it is filled with meaningful content. He also stated, however, that NATO continues to be the guarantor of collective military security for Hungary, and there is no duplication between this initiative and other existing ones.

He told MTI that he had separately met with his Czech, Polish and Slovak counterparts, and they discussed the strengthening of defence industry cooperation among the Visegrád Four (V4) countries.  He also stated that

the revival of Hungarian defence industry is among the government’s important objectives.

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated that the signing of the notification “is the beginning of a new story”, as “this is quite a historic day” for European defence cooperation.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel gave a similar statement. He called the signing of the notification “a veritable milestone”, and was of the opinion that this is “an important step toward strengthening the European security and defence policy”.

The official endorsement is expected to be given in December for the Franco-German initiative on joint development projects, procurements and missions and the strengthening of European defence industry.

According to experts, the signing of the present notification is just the pressing of a “start button”, which signals the presence of political will.

After PESCO has been launched, the participating member states have to agree on a first list of projects to be implemented. These may cover areas such as, for example, training, capability development and operational readiness in the field of defence.

The notification was not signed by five member states, namely Denmark, Ireland, Malta, Portugal and the United Kingdom, which is intending to leave the EU. There is, however, also the possibility to join PESCO at a later point, and it is open to non-EU member states as well, so many consider it desirable if the United Kingdom also participated in the cooperation at a later stage.

featured image: MTI

Source: kormany.hu – press release

1 Comment

  1. Sander Driessen

    On Monday, ministers from 23 EU member states signed a joint notification on the creation of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) which is aimed at strengthening the EU’s defence dimension. This lookes like building your own grave! Look what is happening in Sweden!
    Left petition to replace ‘racist’ cross in Swedish flag with Islamic moon. Does ‘the improved’ Sweden become the first European country that is finally on their knees for islam? On the site of the extortionary-leftwing Avaaz.org funded by the infamous globalist and satan George Soros, an international petition has been launched in which Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven is asked to replace the ‘hurting cross’ in the Swedish flag with the ‘holy islamitic symbols’ of the moon with a star. The petition has been signed more than 1,000 times since 13.11.2017 and is a model for what all Europeans will expect soon if the domestic mass of immigration is not stopped: step-by-step enforcement and enforcement of the lamb and at the same time removing and banning of all outer forms and symbols of Christianity.
    The Swedish flag is a constant reminder of our dark and oppressive distant past, begins the petition. Refugees and migrants are forced (?) to live under the Christian Cross, a symbol of the crusades and the slaughter of millions of innocent Islamic lives in the Swedish past, making them feel unwelcome and insecure. Sweden should be a safe haven for all. The rise of extreme right-wing movements, enhanced by the flag of Christianity and ‘whiteness’ makes this change even more necessary. While our dated national symbol becomes the banner of xenophobic and racist groups step by step, we must think of the future. A future with peace, understanding and tolerance. Our proposal is to show our unity with the religion of peace and to make our home a safe environment for all by replacing our symbol of the oppressive past with the sacred symbol of islam. As a consequence, right-wing extremists will no longer feel that their country feeds their extreme ideologies. The cross represents only Christians while the moon is not just for our solidarity with Islam, it is also part of nature. The moon and stars represent a universal culture of beauty and resistance to fascism and intolerance. It is time that Sweden becomes an international country, a beacon of sovereignty and understanding. (1) Some years ago, an Islamic organization in Switzerland already tried to remove the ‘hurting and racist’ cross in the Swiss flag.
    Bundled hatred against European peoples
    A comment on Hartgeld.com: What you read here is a bundled hatred against the European peoples and our culture and history, derived from every neutral look, totally apart from historically evident facts (crucifixes, cruel crucifixes against peaceful Islam) (while the crusades were a reaction to first Islamic conquest and eradication wars in the Middle East – X.). There (on Avaaz.org) only one can support left-wing leadership themes. Soros is listed worldwide on the arrest lists, along with his ‘Avaaz’ helpers and all signatories of this left-wing pamphlet. Soros is a very dirty person, the devil himself.
    Barbie with hijab as ‘Sheroe’ role model for girls
    Multinationals and internationally operating companies are only interested in profits and thus a growing number of consumers. Because Islamization is already young, Mattel has presented a Barbie for his ‘Sheroes’ collection that carries a hijab. The ‘Sheroes’ collection contains role models that girls should mirror. In this case, screen-sports Ibtihaj Muhammad was the model. (2) I’m from an Islamic country and if a woman is not wearing a headscarf she is arrested and punished. I therefore think it is very bad and doubtful that such a thing will be a flat shape, so one of the reactions. Unfortunately, we are on the way back to the Middle Ages, concludes a second from Germany. You only have to walk through the inner city or walk in the subway. Some do not look angry because it’s just a puppet. But toys are also and in the first line a political instrument, writes another. Do you remember the Swedish ‘gender’ kindergartens where boys were obliged to play with dolls and girls with blue cars. We must not make any sense to ourselves: this veiled Barbie also strives for such a hidden goal.
    Attention: Please, Hungary do not change your international flag. It represents your country and your people. Many of them have given their lives for this unique Hungarian flag! Like The Beatles sung: Let it be, Let it be. And what many people hope: Let him go, Let him go! (Mr. Soros)

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