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Meeting of the European Defence Agency (EDA): extracts from the press briefing by Alexander Weis, Director-General of the European Defence Agency

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European Defence Ministers, after meeting in the Steering Board of the European Defence Agency, launched concrete initiatives and projects for improving European military capabilities in air transport, maritime surveillance and helicopters. Ministers agreed on establishing a European Air Transport Fleet (EATF). A Declaration of Intent on participation in the initiative was signed by Defence Ministers of Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The EATF aims at reducing European air transport shortfalls by pooling aircraft such as the A400M and C130. "The EATF Declaration is most welcome, as pooling European aircraft and services will improve the lift capabilities and alleviate a significant European shortfall", Alexander Weis, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, told journalists. Regarding helicopters, Germany and France informed the Steering Board of their intent to bring their bilateral initiative for a Future Transport Helicopter into the Agency in the near future, opening up the project to other interested Member States.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 60173   Date: 10/11/2008   Duration: 00:03:36
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