€1bn for EU mil­i­tary study

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION&ANALYSIS -

THE EU IS to is­sue to­day a draft plan for the pos­si­ble cre­ation of an up to €1 bil­lion (R14.36bn) fund aimed at study­ing new mil­i­tary technology, which could then be fol­lowed by a bud­get pro­posal for this first-ever large-scale al­lo­ca­tion of the bloc’s bud­get for mil­i­tary needs in 2018, the Guardian re­ported, cit­ing a draft doc­u­ment. “The de­vel­op­ment of a new gen­er­a­tion of many ma­jor de­fence sys­tems is to­day be­yond the reach of a sin­gle EU mem­ber state. ‘More Europe’ in de­fence and se­cu­rity is clearly needed,” the draft pa­per read, as quoted by the me­dia. Ac­cord­ing to the draft, if the plan is ap­proved, new mil­i­tary technology to be stud­ied by means of the new fund will in­clude drones, air-to-air re­fu­elling planes and cy­ber de­fence sys­tems. – Sput­nik

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