War In The Balkans: EU gets defence role
War in the Balkans: Europe
Thursday 03 June 1999
Mr Solana's anticipated appointment as the new "high representative" for foreign affairs will crown an ambitious new attempt to boost the EU's defence and security role. The decision will be combined with the EU's first direct move into defence and security and a wide-ranging plan to beef up EU capabilities, probably including the creation of a military staff to co-ordinate policy.
European heads of government will also lay plans to boost the EU's ability to deploy troops quickly, to command and control them in the field and encourage the strengthening of defence research capabilities through joint projects.
The defence plans will be given the go-ahead at today's summit in Cologne.
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