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European defense/defense policy

Published on December 20, 2013
Reply given by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence, to a question in the National Assembly (excerpts)

Paris, December 18, 2013

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As far as financing is concerned, the President stated his desire to raise the question of a fund to finance external operations in the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy. He’ll do this tomorrow, but it should already be possible to develop CSDP interventions by enlarging the so-called ATHENA fund, which allows financing related to certain interventions to be shared. It should also be possible to extend what’s called the [African] Peace Facility, designed to support the intervention of external forces, such as the African forces./.

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