THE ‘EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY’

THE ‘EUROPEAN
DEFENCE AGENCY’

WHAT NICK CLEGG WILL NEVER TELL YOU

                                       © EU Commission
“Today we are building the European Union of Security and Defence.
It is not a plan anymore, it is not a dream anymore, it is reality coming true.”
Report on Annual Conference of European (sic) Defence Agency of the EU
Brussels, 23 November 2017
 
And includes:
READ THIS EXCERPT IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE:
“I don’t need to tell you in this room why I did not re-open the debate on the European army. But I remember last year in the opening of the Conference we discussed about that. It would have led us to infinite theoretical discussions and disputes, and probably to nothing concrete. We chose another way. In a way, today, we are doing something that is even more ambitious, much more ambitious.”
In other words, they knew they couldn’t call it the EU Army, so they changed the name, and dressed it up in so many structures with 3-letter acronyms (and 4 and 5-letter acronyms) that even we find it hard to keep up.
And they’ve gone even further than they thought possible
WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY?
The European Defence Agency (EDA) is an intergovernmental agency of the Council of the European Union. Currently, 27 countries – all EU Member States except Denmark – participate in the EDA.

WHO RUNS THE EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY?
“The Agency falls under the authority of the Council of the EU, to which it reports and from which it receives guidelines.”
“The EDA is the only EU Agency whose Steering Board meets at ministerial level. At the meetings of this governing body, Defence Ministers decide on the annual budget, the three year work programme and the annual work plan as well as on projects, programmes and new initiatives.”
NO BRITS PLEASE, WE’RE THE EU
Day-to-day management is headed by a Chief Executive. “On 9 January 2015, the High Representative / Vice President and Head of the European Defence Agency (EDA) Federica Mogherini appointed Jorge Domecq as EDA Chief Executive. He took up his function on 01 February 2015.”
The Spanish CEO Jorge Domecq was previously Ambassador of Spain to the Republic of the Philippines. The top management team are Spanish, Dutch, Belgian, German, French, and Italian.
Extraordinarily, despite the UK being the dominant military power in Europe, and despite it being the second-largest funder of this body, no British person is on the management team.
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