Defense ministers of the European Union this Thursday approved the invitation of the United States, Canada and Norway to participate in the project to facilitate cross-border permits to expedite the transfer of forces and equipment.
The Council gave the go-ahead for the Netherlands, who are coordinating the Permanent Defense Cooperation Project (PESCO), and for the first time invited third countries to join an initiative that had already attracted particular interest to the United States and NATO.
Confident that the inclusion of the three countries will improve the project, the 27 remember that it is an area of mutual interest on both sides of the Atlantic. “It will make the EU’s defense more effective and help strengthen our security,” said the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, in a statement.
The military mobility project set up under PESCO aims to accelerate the transport of military equipment and forces within the EU by land, sea and air. 24 countries are part of it, including Spain, and in November 2020 it was agreed that external states could participate under certain circumstances due to political or logistical interests.