Members of the Foreign Affairs Committee gave the green light today for strengthening the security and defence capacities of partner countries by adopting a legislative report revising the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace. The instrument already finances assistance in response to situations of crisis or emerging crisis as well as conflict prevention, such as security sector reform.
With the changes adopted today, the EU will also be able to finance training and non-lethal equipment for third-country military forces. In countries where the security situation is precarious, the military is essential to stabilise areas by helping to restore security and reinstate public administration and basic services, thus ensuring also the protection of development actors working in the field.
“The financial help provided for in the revision of the instrument, even if modest in terms of budget, allows us to fill the existing gaps,” says Arnaud Danjean MEP, Rapporteur. “It’s a missing link in the CSDP. While the European missions and operations in the field have been asking for this necessary tool for years, it is imperative to have the option of financing 'civil actions' by the armed forces in the fragile countries,” he adds.
According to Arnaud Danjean, the absence of funding affects the credibility of the EU’s external action, while at the same time other actors reinforce their activities without introducing any conditionality to their aid, such as the principles of good governance promoted by the EU.
He notes also that “the legal framework in the proposal grants safeguards which exclude any risk of abuse and gives solid guarantees when it comes to the use of the EU funds”.
“The speedy adoption of this report is the first stage of an ambitious policy of reinforcing EU capabilities,” concludes Arnaud Danjean, insisting on the transitory character of the instrument and on the need to put in place a permanent solution after 2020.