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EP: the European Union should depend less on USA

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe European Union has to be able to defend itself – member states should take more responsibility for collective defence and depend less on USA. The EU should unite its forces to form European Defence Union, MEPs noted in the resolution adopted on Wednesday, 13 April.

At least 2% of GDP of EU member states should be allocated towards defence expenditures by 2024, as mentioned in the resolution, which serves as the European Parliament’s contribution to EU’s new global security strategy.

«Illusions should be tossed aside. Either we pay for our security on our own or our union falls apart. We cannot depend on others to do that for us,» – said Sandra Kalniete, MEP responsible for the resolution.

In Kalniete’s resolution, which was supported by 427 deputies (232 voted in favour and 43 abstained from the vote), EP notes that EU and its member states should be more united and take on more responsibility for collective security and protection of their territories. Although USA is Europe’s main strategic partner, the union should depend less on it for security. This especially applies to Europe’s neighbouring territories.

EU and its member states should improve their defensive capabilities and allocate at least 2% of their GDP to defence by the year 2024. EU’s strategic autonomy should be enhanced. The same applies to the process for the exchange of information among European intelligence services and develop reconnaissance and prediction capabilities on a European level, MEPs say.

The main objective should be a transition to joint defence forces and European defence union, creating a constant military headquarters, the parliament stated, adding that it is important to enhance the cooperation between EU and NATO. MEPs recommend merging the concepts for EU combat units and NATO reaction forces.

EU should view stabilization of the situation in neighbouring regions as priority. Europe should also be a ‘rule maker’, strengthening democracy, good management principles, rule of law and human rights in the world. MEPs have also asked EU External Action Service to establish joint interests for all 28 EU member states in the field of foreign policy in every region of the world and every related political field. MEPs especially note the importance of combating the main causes behind the refugee crisis and becoming more involved in reducing tension in diplomacy, especially in southern neighbouring countries, as reported by European Parliament’s press-secretary in Latvia Signe Znotina-Znota.

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