EU should increase its defense and industrial potential in next five years – Ursula von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen
Ursula von der Leyen

The European Union must significantly increase its defense-industrial potential in the next five years. This requires increasing spending, stated Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in her speech announcing her candidacy for the position of EC president from the European People’s Party, reported on March 7.

Von der Leyen advocates for the creation of the position of European Commissioner for Defense. She asserts that augmenting defense spending will address the pressing requirement to revamp and modernize the armed forces of EU member states.

Read also: Stoltenberg: NATO should prepare for decades of confrontation with Russia

“Europe must develop and produce the ‘next generation of operational capabilities that allow winning battles,’” she said.

Von der Leyen also mentioned Ukraine, calling for further support.

On March, Estonia, France, and Poland called for urgent action to increase Europe’s defense capability and corresponding funding, according to a document reviewed by The Guardian.

Prior to this, the European Commission and EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell presented EDIS – the European Defense Industrial Strategy - and proposed an “ambitious set” of new measures to support the competitiveness and readiness of the EU defense industry.

This strategy includes the integration of the Ukrainian military-industrial complex into the European.

Read also: EU defense spending soars to new high as 20 states ramped up budgets in 2022

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine