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European Defence Matters, Magazine issue 23

EU’S STRATEGIC COMPASS: MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER POLICY PAPER

When, on 17 June 2020, EU defence Ministers invited the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR/VP) and Head of EDA to prepare, in close cooperation with Member States, “a comprehensive 360 degrees analysis of the full range of threats and challenges, which will provide the background for the Member States to develop a Strategic Compass document to be adopted by the Council in 2022”, nobody imagined that the final approval of the Compass, in March 2022, would coincide with the return of war on European soil.

Rewritten between 24 February and 21 March to reflect Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, the Strategic Compass for Security and Defence has become the EU’s new security and defence instruction manual - both for responding instantly to a war situation in the middle of Europe, and for advancing on the path of European defence cooperation and integration in the longer term.

In the following pages, we dive into the Compass’ substance and hear from key decision-makers what makes this document, to which EDA also contributed, a uniquely ambitious and operational guide for strengthening European Defence.

CONENTS

A guide for action
Cover article by the Head of EDA, HR/VP Josep Borrell

Playbook for a capable European defence
Presentation & analysis of the EU Strategic Compass

“We need to enhance cooperation, at all levels”
Article by Gen Robert Brieger, Chairman of the EU Military Committee

“Aim must be to jointly procure and develop military capabilities”
OpEd by Dr. Jana Puglierin, Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR

Hotbed for tomorrow’s capabilities (Available on page 20 of the Magazine)
The new Hub for European Defence Innovation (HEDI) within EDA

“Ukraine war confirms need to define a long-term strategy to ensure the defence of Europe”
Interview with the French Chief of Defence, General Thierry Burkhard

Spare the cost, share the parts
EDA’s Sharing of Spare Parts project

“Ignoring cooperation leads to spending more for less” (Available on page 30 of the Magazine)
Interview with OCCAR Director Matteo Bisceglia

Two become One (Available on page 33 of the Magazine)
Multinational Medical Coordination Centre/European Medical Command is operational

Escape room to share
Joint Personnel Recovery training by simulation

“The EU and its defence industry can do a lot” (Available on page 36 of the Magazine)
Interview with the CEO of Patria, Esa Rautalinko

Turning cyber and C2 projects into capabilities (Available on page 40 of the Magazine)
EDA as manager of EDIDP projects

Interoperability, fired by EDA (Available on page 42 of the Magazine)
FIRE BLADE 2022 helicopter exercise in Hungary