The European Commission has proposed two action plans to tackle the deteriorating security situation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine by strengthening cyber defences while allowing armed forces to move quickly and better across borders.
“In particular, the Action Plan on Military Mobility will help European armed forces to respond better, more rapidly and at sufficient scale to crises erupting at the EU’s external borders and beyond,” the statement issued by the EU Commission reads, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the EU Commission, the plan will also strengthen the EU’s ability to support Member States and partners in transporting troops and their equipment.
Based on the project, it will work towards better infrastructure while simplifying regulatory issues. At the same time, it strengthens the cooperation with NATO and promotes the connection and dialogue with the main partners.
The authority also explains that the first Military Mobility Action Plan was launched in 2018 to strengthen the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy.
Defence initiatives supporting Military Mobility were the Military Mobility for Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project and the Logistic Centers project. The European Defense Agency’s Program also made a major contribution to this effort for “Optimizing Cross-Border Movement Permit procedures in Europe” and the Coordinated Annual Defense Review (CARD).
In this regard, the plan was intended to ensure the rapid and smooth movement of military personnel, materials and assets, thus including a short and large-scale notification inside and outside the EU.
Following the achievements of this first Action Plan started in 2018, the new Military Mobility covers the period from this year to 2016 and includes:
- Digitization of administrative processes connected to customs logistics and military mobility systems
- Measures to protect the transport infrastructure from cyber attacks and other hybrid threats
- It promotes access to strategic lift capabilities and maximises synergies with the civilian sector to grow the mobility of the armed forces, especially those from the air and sea
Moreover, the new Military Mobility works towards increasing energy efficiency and climate resilience of transportation systems. The same also intends to strengthen cooperation with NATO and key strategic partners, including the US, Canada and Norway, and promote communication and dialogue with regional partners and expansion countries, such as Ukraine, Moldova and the six Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.
Besides, to ensure a well-connected military mobility network that is capable and safe, the European Commission supports the Action Plan with funding instruments such as the European Union Facility and the European Defense Fund.