European Union External Action

Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini at the signing ceremony of the notification by interested Member States on the Permanent Structured Cooperation [PESCO] on defence

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I have to say that I was looking at you all signing something that, just one year ago, most of us and most of the rest of the world considered impossible to achieve. I am receiving this notification with a lot of satisfaction, but also a lot of sense of responsibility. This is the beginning of a common work: 23 Member States engaging both on capabilities and on operational steps is something big.

We are definitely turning to a historic moment in European defence and the notification letter is open also for other Member States that might wish to join at a later stage. And I will now carry on the work, to try and make sure that the Council decision can be taken by the end of the year, as we discussed. I thank you very much for all your work and our common work in the future.

Thank you very much, merci beaucoup.  

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See here the press release: Defence cooperation: 23 Member States sign joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)