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European Union defense ministers meet informally

September 28, 2009 - SWEDEN

European Union defense ministers meeting informally in Gothenburg will look for progress in developing the bloc's military capabilities and at the next steps in achieving the so-called Headline Goal 2010. The bloc is short of consensus on how to achieve it. The goal is to increase EU forces, to make them more flexible, mobile and interoperable, to make better use of available resources by pooling and sharing assets and increasing the responsiveness of multinational forces.

European Union defense ministers meeting informally in Gothenburg will look for progress in developing the bloc's military capabilities and at the next steps in achieving the so-called Headline Goal 2010. The bloc is short of consensus on how to achieve it. The goal is to increase EU forces, to make them more flexible, mobile and interoperable, to make better use of available resources by pooling and sharing assets and to increase the responsiveness of multinational forces. The ministers will also review ongoing crisis management operations conducted under the auspices of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and at the work of the European Defence Agency. Headline Goal 2010 reflects the European Security Strategy, which takes into accound EU-led operations in the Balkans and elsewhere, and recognizes that shortfalls need to be addressed. The ESDP covers the development of the bloc's civilian and military capacities for crisis management and conflict prevention at an international level. It does not envision the creation of a European army. Rather, the goal is to developing it so that it is compatible and can be coordinated with NATO and United Nations military operations. Jul/09

EU Headlne Goal and NATO response force (WEU)

Date written/update: 2009-09-28