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President Kaljulaid discussed the future of European defence cooperation in Paris

President Kaljulaid discussed the future of European defence cooperation in Paris © Mattias Tammet/Office of the President

Today, President Kersti Kaljulaid took part in a dinner in the Élysée Palace, Paris, where the heads of state and governments of countries that contribute to the European Intervention Initiative discussed the future of defence cooperation of Europe.

“It is highly positive that the European Union is taking more and more responsibility for organising the safety and defence of their people. However, it needs to be done in a way that does not duplicate NATO, but would rather maintain the current Trans-Atlantic bond instead. Therefore, extending the redistribution mechanism of the European Union to the defence sector could be one of the future directions taken by the defence cooperation of the European Union,” said President Kaljulaid.

Leaders of states and governments also discussed issues related to Russia, the Artic, the future of cyber security and technology.

Estonia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Portugal and Sweden contribute to the European Intervention Initiative, which was launched by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron. The countries contributing to the initiative exchange information on regional security, Sahel, Africa, participation in joint missions and operations and more.

Estonia also contributes to the Barkhane operation in Mali, led by France. The French troops also contribute to the NATO Battle Group, deployed in Estonia.