30 Nov '16, 11am

EU battlegroups 'failing' due to lack of cost sharing

EU battlegroups 'failing' due to lack of cost sharing

Europe's (EU) battlegroup concept is failing because the costs are being borne by those nations providing the troops and equipment rather than by the European Union (EU) as a whole, a senior German official said on 30 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2016, Bettina Cadenbach, Director for Security Policy at the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany said that the EU battlegroups that were first established in 1999 are not working as intended due to an unwillingness by those nations not directly involved to pay for them. "The use of the battlegroups has failed so far as the cost of their deployments has to be borne by the nations [taking part]," Cadenbach said, adding: "Fair burden sharing is needed." The battlegroups were first established at the EU Summit in Helsinki in 1999 with the purpose of pooling military capabilities from...

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