European Defence Ministers meeting: extracts from the press conference by Karl Erjavec, Slovenian Minister for Defense and President in office of the Council
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 26/05/2008 First transmission: 26/05/2008
The EU Ministers for Defence agreed on 26 May 2008 to tackle a shortage of helicopters and called on the EU's armament agency to improve cooperation in crew training, logistics and upgrades of aircrafts to overcome shortages of transport helicopters, which are vital for ferrying troops and equipment quickly over difficult terrain such as Chad or Afghanistan. Karl Erjavec, Slovenian Minister for Defence and President in office of the Council, told journalists that the EU wished in this framework to define how to upgrade the helicopters, train teams and pilots, and how to carry out joint exercises. He said that he believed that this was a very good initiative and that he could also support it very strongly on behalf of Slovenia. The Ministers also reviewed other EU military operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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||Exterior view of the Council building
||General view of the press conference
||Karl Erjavec, Slovenian Minister for Defence and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) on the French/British initiative regarding EU shortfall in helicopters; saying that they wish to enhance the number of helicopters because there is capacity shortfall; on the other hand, they would also like to modernize and upgrade the helicopters in place at the moment; they wish in this framework to define how to upgrade the helicopters, train teams and pilots, and how to carry out joint exercices; he believes that this is a very good initiative, and on behalf of Slovenia he can also support it very strongly
||Cutaways of press (2 shots)
||Karl Erjavec (in SLOVENIAN) on Althea mission in Bosnia; saying that they should not forget that the region is not yet fully stable; the situation in Kosovo partly affects the situation in Bosnia; they know that the police and security sector reforms have been carried out in Bosnia but the constitutional reform not yet; they believe therefore that it is necessary to continue being present militarily in the same scope as they have been so far
||Karl Erjavec (in SLOVENIAN) on Chad; saying that Ministers welcomed the willingness of third countries, in particular Russia and Ukraine, to provide aerial vehicles for strategic transport; in Chad, distances are a big challenge; they lack transport capabilities; he hopes very much that the agreement on strategic transport provision will be soon signed; Patrick Nash, EUFOR Chad/RCA Operation Commander, also assessed the current situation positively; he believes that progress has been achieved and that it is visible, regardless of all the problems they had at the very beginning of the operation; there were delays; but General Nash now says, and he was in the fields, that the presence of the forces in the region is felt very much