Vojaci v EUTM Mali. [Flickr/CSDP EEAS]

Due to a coup in the African country, European Union has halted its two training missions. Almost 700 soldiers, police officers and civil experts remain in the country for now. Five Slovak soldiers were expected to join the mission in July.


EU wants to commit €13,5 billion for common defense over a seven-year period. €1,5 billion is to be allocated for military mobility, seven billion for European Defense Fund and five billion to finance operations. Not enough, experts say.

Ilustračný obrázok. [Flickr]

After three rounds and approving 47 specific projects, defense cooperation of EU countries should be on its track. However, the opposite seems to be true.

Vojaci európskej výcvikovej misie v Mali.

Defense Ministry will present a proposal in the Slovak parliament with the intention to get a confirmation to deploy Slovak troops to training missions to Mali and Central African Republic. In addition, it may also include a contribution to IRINI mission in the Medditerranean Sea. Deployment of seven troop units had aleready been promised by the former Defense Ministry leadership.