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Military Mobility: EU proposes actions to allow armed forces to move faster and better across borders | Modern Diplomacy

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The new Action Plan on Military Mobility is a response to the Strategic Compass’s request to increase our armed forces’ military mobility both inside and beyond the Union in the wake of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. 

The Joint Communication on Defence Investment Gaps, which was adopted in June 2022, also included a reference to this critical requirement. In response to the deteriorating security environment brought on by Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the Commission and the High Representative today unveiled an Action Plan on Military Mobility 2.0 and a Joint Communication on an EU cyber defense policy in an effort to strengthen the EU’s ability to protect its citizens and infrastructure. The Action Plan on Military Mobility will allow European military forces, in particular, to respond to crises that break out at the EU’s external borders and elsewhere better, faster, and at a sufficient scale. It will improve the EU’s capacity to assist Member States and allies with the transportation of troops and their supplies. It streamlines regulatory concerns while aiming for more connected and secure infrastructure. It will advance connection and communication with important partners and strengthen collaboration with NATO. The European Commission is supporting the Action Plan with financial tools such as the Connecting Europe Facility (funding dual-use transportation infrastructure projects), and the European Defence Fund in order to provide a well-connected, capable, and secure military mobility network (supporting the development of interoperable logistical and digital systems).



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