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 Lithuania calls EU to set up "military Schengen area"

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Lithuania has called on the EU to establish a sort of a military Schengen project to facilitate movement of military capacities across member countries.

This was announced by Defense Ministry of Lithuania on Thursday, Censor.NET reports citing Delfi.

The creation of a "military Schengen" was discussed at a meeting of defense ministers of the EU countries in Tallinn. The participants paid attention to the establishment of a permanent structured military cooperation (PESCO), MiceTimes of Asia reported.

As stated by the Minister of defense of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis, "military Schengen" will cover facilitation and investment in infrastructure. This project is supported by many states, and its implementation is important both for Europe and NATO.

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In turn, the European Commission proposes to establish a common defense Fund to Finance projects for the development of defense capacity. Until 2020 the EC plans to provide for the defense of around 500 million euros.

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen told reported in Vilnius that "it's time to move forward to a European defense union, which is basically a 'Schengen of defense'," Reuters reported.
 
 
 
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