14. 11. 2017 14:59
On Monday, Defence Minister Peter Gajdoš together with Foreign and European Affairs Ministry State Secretary Ivan Korčok signed an intention for Slovakia to join the Membership of the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). According to the defence minister, the PESCO initiative will present an opportunity for Slovakia to bolster its defence capabilities, both for national purposes and in meeting its international commitments. The first project which Slovakia would like to develop via PESCO is indirect fire support, which is slated to be presented as early as this week at an expert seminar in Brussels. The creation of PESCO is said to represent the greatest improvement in EU defence policy in recent decades, with the benefit being sharing the costs of EU military operations, joint investments in procuring military capacities and the modernisation of military infrastructure. According to European diplomats, PESCO should not compete with NATO, as the latter specialises in collective defence.