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European Intervention Initiative Defence Ministers met in Paris

9. November 2018 - 12:08
Ministers of Defence from member countries of the European Intervention Initiative, in Paris.
Ministers of Defence from member countries of the European Intervention Initiative, in Paris.

Last night, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik took part in the meeting of member countries of the European Intervention Initiative in Paris to discuss the roadmap for 2019 and welcome Finland as a member. In addition, Minister of Defence Luik met his French counterpart, Florence Parly to discuss security issues related to NATO and European Union, as well as topics concerning bilateral defence cooperation.

According to Luik, the cooperation spectrum for the European Intervention Initiative will be interesting and diverse. ‘Cooperation will include a strategic discussion of the international security environment, including the Baltic Sea region as well as very practical questions regarding everyday cooperation between countries, for example, cooperation in the international military operations or in the crisis areas,' Luik said.

The goal of the European Intervention Initiative is to bring together like-minded European countries who share a common understanding of the security threats facing Europe, have similar strategic interests and a political-military culture, and are capable of jointly carrying out military operations at any geographic point around the world.

Within the framework of the initiative, Estonia aims to focus on questions relating to the security of the Baltic Sea region and increasing the exchange of information concerning the state of the region between countries that have joined the Initiative. The following countries have thus far joined the French-led initiative: Estonia, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Finland as the tenth member.

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