P. Gajdoš: We have been an active player in the EU, as evidenced through our activity in PESCO

EU Defence Ministers met for an informal meeting under the Romanian EU Presidency in Bucharest on 30-31 January 2019, to debate the need for alignment of the new defence initiatives which follow on from the implementation of the EU Global Strategy (EU GS) as well as the potential of technological innovations in the field of defence.

On the way ahead with EU initiatives, Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš said: “Consolidating the status of the European Union as a global actor in the field of defence mainly requires the alignment of the European Defence Industrial Development Plan, European Defence Fund, Coordinated Annual Review on Defence, and Permanent Structured Cooperation.”
 
On PESCO, Head of the MOD underlined that Slovakia has been involved in 8 PESCO projects and is in charge of coordinating the EuroArtillery project. “Through its active participation in so many projects, Slovakia demonstrates that it is an active player in the EU. For us, this is an opportunity to boost our domestic defence industry in cooperation with our European partners as well,” he emphasised.

Also discussed was the important issue of supporting the EUʼs instruments for introducing technological innovations in order to facilitate the development of armed forces and rising up to the technological challenges in the field of defence that emanate from artificial intelligence (AI) defence systems and cyber defence.
 
At the informal meeting, defence ministers also addressed the future of Op Sophia with the aim of providing further continuity. In the past, Op Sophia saw the deployment of SVK Military Police personnel as part of two rotations.

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - KOd, RO2019EU - Date: 31.01.2019
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