Greece has blocked the agreement between EU diplomats and Turkey on European rapid reaction force. The agreement, negotiated by British, Dutch and American diplomats, would give the EU access to NATO’s military equipment and planning capabilities.
The Greek Foreign Minister, George Papandreou, told his
counterparts at the EU Council meeting in Brussels on 10 December,
that Athens had problems with the agreement because it failed to
address Greece’s security concerns.
That prevented the EU foreign ministers from
adopting the agreement before the weekend summit of Laeken (14-15
December). The EU and NATO have been planning to exchange letters
defining the extent of their co-operation.