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Press Releases

07.03.2006

Platter: Clear readiness for support in Congo

More efficient EU crisis response

 

"We had intensive, stimulating discussions", Council President Günther Platter said today, Tuesday, at the close of the informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Innsbruck. "We have worked together on the planning for a successful European Security and Defence Policy. We are continuing united and confident on our path towards a safe, stable and above all peaceful Europe."

Today’s programme included a working session on Congo and one on the further development of the EU’s military capabilities. "There is a clear readiness in principle to support the UN MONUC mission", Platter stressed. Close contact between the EU and all the players was important in this context. "Austria is prepared to send up to ten staff officers."

The further development of the military capabilities was already well advanced, according to the Minister. "We are fully on schedule. We are also making good progress on the EU battle groups, which will be fully operational by January 2007", Platter said. There was also a need to start thinking now beyond the Helsinki Headline Goal 2010. A broad, long-term analysis was needed to determine the future shape of the military capabilities, according to Minister Platter.

"Our aim is to make the EU crisis response more rapid and more efficient", Platter explained. He said the defence ministers had already achieved a great deal for the safety of the European Union at the meeting in Innsbruck. The discussions had been geared to the future.

After the defence ministers' meeting, Minister Platter will inform his counterparts from Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia as well as Iceland and Norway about the results of the discussions. This meeting will also be attended by Javier Solana and Platter’s successor as Council President, Finland’s Defence Minister Seppo Kääriäinen. At the end of March, Platter will inform the defence ministers in Albania, Serbia-Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina about the latest developments in the European Security and Defence Policy.

 

Date: 07.03.2006