Council Recommendation of 14 May 2019 assessing the progress made by the participating Member States to fulfil commitments undertaken in the framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).
1. Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is a political framework based on a set of commitments intended to improve the respective military assets and defence capabilities of PESCO participating Member States (PPMS). PESCO allows PPMS to work together to propose and pursue specific capability initiatives and projects.
2. On 11 December 2017, at the Foreign Affairs Council, EU Foreign Ministers agreed to establish PESCO. The Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2315 establishing PESCO provides that the Council shall review once a year whether PPMS continue to fulfil the more binding commitments. This review shall be based on the annual report of the High Representative, and paragraph 15 of the Council Recommendation of 6 March 2018 concerning the roadmap for the implementation of PESCO specifies that the High Representative should present her first annual report in April 2019.
3. The Council Recommendation assesses the contribution made by PPMS to fulfil the more binding commitments undertaken in the framework of PESCO. The Recommendation draws on information in the Status of PESCO Implementation provided by the High Representative on 22 March 2019 (Annual Report), the National Implementation Plans (NIPs) of PPMS, and the Report on the Initial Lessons Identified on PESCO Projects, and the PESCO Projects Progress Report.