EU Commission Features Munich Security Report Data in new European Defence Debate Process
The chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, warmly welcomes this week's announcement that the European Commission is launching a European Defence Fund as well as a debate process on moving towards a security and defence union.
"Improving our joint security and defense effort is essential," Ischinger said. "The reflection paper and other materials published this week highlight the fragmentation of European military capabilities and the costly duplications in European defense procurement, a topic that the Munich Security Conference has drawn attention to and discussed now for several years. I was particularly happy to see that the Commission, including Jean-Claude Juncker in his speech in Prague today, is using data that was first published in the Munich Security Report in February 2017. We are thrilled our analyses are being used to inform and further the discussion!"
The reflection paper published on Wednesday and an accompanying factsheet (more here) feature data on major weapon systems in use in the EU and the U.S. – the analysis of which was originally prepared for this year’s Munich Security Report. To view the full data set, see the Munich Security Report here on page 21: https://report2017.securityconference.de.