UDC 355.02(4‐678EU)
Biblid: 0025‐8555, 69(2017)
Vol. 69, No 1, pp. 5-19
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2298/MEDJP1701005I

Pregledni članak
Received: 06 Mar 2017
Accepted: 27 Mar 2017

TRANSFORMATION OF JOINT EU DEFENCE CAPACITIES: A REVIEW OF EUROPEAN DEFENCE ACTION PLAN

IGRUTINOVIĆ Milan (Istraživač saradnik u Institutu za evropske studije, Beograd), milan.igrutinovic@ies.rs

The paper deals with activities aimed at the implementation of the EU Global Strategy tied to the effort to further integrate research and development of defence technologies through European Defence Action Plan adopted in November 2016. The author analyses the combined effect of multi‐faceted security challenges that the European Union faces and the perception of a decreased and inadequate defence spending in the previous years. The part of the analysis focuses on the political aspect of security challenges and how Brussels’ administration responds to those challenges. The author maintains that new European Union Global Strategy is based on the drive for the more rational development of defence industry, which is clearly manifested in setting up a new European Defence Fund as an instrument of the European Defence Action Plan. The recently designed institutional framework followed by adequate financial support may serve as a nudge to the EU Member States to make concrete steps towards the integration of their respective national defence capacities.

Keywords: European Defence Action Plan, EU Global Strategy, Implementation Plan on Security and Defence, European Defence Fund, defence, security