Prototyp eurodrónu, ktorého vývoj financuje eurokomisia. [Wikimedia Commons]

Slovakia has not yet succeeded in research and development programmes, for which the European Commission has appropriated almost one and a half billion euros. Slovak companies or organizations are not in the database of partners for potential cooperation, either. Defense department believes a better communication style between the department and defense industry will change for the better.

Ilustračný obrázok. [Pixabay]

EU Member States are finishing up with drafting of own directories, serving as the basis for the new EU legislation to strengthen "common strategic culture" in defense and abroad. Accompanying debates should result in a mutual agreement on Union's defense ambitions.

EUTM Mali v súčasnosti pôsobí pod českým velením. [Twitter/@eutmmali1]

Nineteen members of the Slovak Armed Forces are expected to travel to Mali and Central African Republic in the upcoming days. They will begin to operate on October 1, despite the Mali training mission being halted due to unrest in the country.

Ilustračný obrázok. [EFE-EPA/Will Oliver]

EU has lost a fifth of its critical capacities and defense technology after brexit, which the UK had made available for the Union. Although there is now a clear path for numerous initiatives, which the UK blocked in the EU, the security of European NATO members is ever more dependent on the non-European partners.

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.