posted on Nov, 18 2003 @ 02:24 AM
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS ? EU defence ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday have agreed to the setting up of a European defence agency.
Ministers from the 25 current and future member states agreed that an ?establishment team? should be set up in January 2004 with the aim of getting
the agency up and running before summer 2004.
Addressing the meeting of EU defence ministers, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said, "I will do my best to give the agency a strong profile in
terms of efficiency, competence and results of its work".
Geoff Hoon, the UK Defence Secretary, welcomed the decision.
He said defence ministers "felt quite strongly that it is a matter for European defence ministers to push this along as we?re the ones to most
readily recognise the problems that we face in practice".
Bonus newsitem: Finland has offered an airbase at Kauhajoki to be used as a training center for European fighter pilots.