The inability of EU Member States to agree on how to finance the development of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) threatens to delay its launch. The Financial Times reports that the Belgian Presidency’s desire to announce that it will be ‘operational’ at next months Laeken summit may not be possible for this reason.
The Financial Times details three options that Council
foreign policy chief Javier Solana has presented to Member States:
- All costs are common: Member States operational costs accroding
to gross national product. Backed by Luxembourg, Greece and
- Costs lie where they fall: The system currently used by NATO
that would keep down administrative costs at the EU level since
Member States themselves would be responsible for their own
operational costs. Backed by Austria, British, Germany, Ireland and
- Intermediate: increase common costs but charge operational
expenditure to Member States doing the operations. Backed by
Netherlands, Italy and France.