EU militarisation threatens global security- Boylan
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has condemned the European Commission's announcement of plans for joint EU defence spending.
This was in reaction to the Commission’s defence package which not only includes the establishment of the EU Defence Fund to purchase military equipment and joint defence capabilities, but also a Defence Industrial Development Programme which will be funded out of the EU budget.
The Dublin MEP has criticised the plan which would result in greater militarisation across the EU.
Speaking in Brussels today, Boylan;
"Any EU policy which aims at increased EU militarisation is a threat to Irish neutrality, it is particularly worrying as an EU defence policy which is seen as ‘complementary’ to NATO would in effect be NATO membership through the back door for Ireland.’
"The creation of a permanent EU force available for deployment on EU missions, as imagined by the commission would make it impossible for any EU member State to maintain a policy of neutrality.
"The Commission has been totally dismissive of the democratic will of member State citizens. Instead when it comes to military integration Juncker’s Commission has adopted an attitude of when and not if.
"The Commissions stated aim of achieving a ‘security and defence union’ by 2025 marks a shift in EU policy which undermines national sovereignty.
"As we have seen in Iraq and Libya military intervention has only worsened and prolonged conflicts, the focus of the EU and member States should be on increased international cooperation which improves international security, not a militaristic foreign policy which will worsen existing instability.
“While Europe fails to adequately provide for refugees arriving from the Middle East and Africa it is shocking that the Commission would prioritise an increase in military spending."