CSP: UK invited to join military mobility project

The United Kingdom has applied to become a member CSP “military mobility” projectthe Council today adopted a decision confirming that the UK’s participation in the military mobility project meets the general conditions of decision (CFSP) 2020/1639 of November 2020.

The decision adopted today authorizes the Netherlands, as project coordinator, to officially invite the United Kingdom to participate in this PESCO project and also significant added value which Britain could supply.

The war that Russia has waged against Ukraine has shown how important it is to our security to be able to move troops and military equipment quickly throughout Europe and beyond. Sharing information and experiences with our key partners is extremely important. The CSP project “military mobility”, led by the Netherlands, is the right platform for this purpose. The participation of the United Kingdom, following the participation of the United States, Canada and Norway last year, is further proof of the importance of this project. Ensuring the rapid movement and safe transport of armed forces is essential to improving the EU’s and NATO’s ability to respond to crises, especially now that we are providing emergency military support to Ukraine.

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

that CSP “military mobility” project is a political-strategic platform that aims to simplify and standardize national procedures for cross-border military transport. It enables rapid movement of military personnel and assets across the EU, whether by road, rail, sea or air. Canada, Norway and the USA joined this project in 2021 following the same procedure.


Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is one of the pillars of the EU’s defense policy. It provides a framework for defense cooperation between the 25 participating EU member states, which have made more binding commitments to each other. They jointly develop defense capabilities, coordinate investments, improve the operational readiness, interoperability and resilience of their armed forces and collaborate on projects.

On 5 November 2020, the Council adopted decision (CFSP) 2020/1639 establishing the general conditions under which third countries can exceptionally be invited to participate in given PESCO projects. Countries wishing to participate must meet political, legal and material conditions, including sharing the values ​​on which the EU is based and not undermining the security and defense interests of the EU and its member states. .

The CSP project “Military Mobility” aims to improve national measures aimed at speeding up cross-border military mobility within the EU. Canada, Norway and the United States have already participated in the project since the end of 2021 following the same procedure.

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