COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION of 6 March 2018 concerning a roadmap for the implementation of PESCO (2018/C 88/01)
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 participating Member States. PESCO allows groups of participating Member States to work together to propose and pursue specific capability initiatives and projects.
2. On 11 December 2017 at the Foreign Affairs Council, EU Member States participating in PESCO adopted a declaration that identified 17 projects to be developed under PESCO.
3. On 6 March 2018 at the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence), EU Defence Ministers adopted a Council Decision that formally established the 17 PESCO projects and a Council Recommendation on PESCO’s implementation. The Council sat for the first time in PESCO format, which means that Ministers from all EU Member States were present and invited to speak, but only those from PESCO participating Member States could vote. As a non-participating State, the UK did not vote on either legal text and will not be bound by them.
4. The 17 projects are a mix of capability development, training, and enabling initiatives that span different operating environments. Each project includes a list of the PESCO participating Member States that have agreed to join that specific initiative. The Council Decision also establishes that there will be a common set of governance rules for projects adopted as a future Council Decision at the joint FAC/FAC (Defence) in June.