Peace organisations challenge EU Defence Fund

By agency reporter
November 18, 2018

Forty two European peace, human rights and faith-based groups, including Pax Christi British Section, Campaign Against Arms Trade, CND UK, and Northern Friends Peace Board, have produced a statement addressed to EU Leaders challenging the recently established European Defence Fund, "with its €13 billion draft budget for a new area of work, the Research and Development of new weapons and military technology."

The areas of concern raised include:

  • The risk of diverting human and financial resources from civilian priorities.
  • The risk of prioritising arms industry interests and undermining EU transparency rules.
  • The risk of contributing to the development of 'killer' robots and disruptive technologies.
  • The risk of exacerbating the global arms race, which in turn feeds conflicts.

The Fund is in addition to national defence budgets.

The statement ends: "In this remembrance period of the First World War, and of the terrible effects of what were disruptive technologies at that time, like chemical gas and tanks, we urge the media and the EU decision makers alike to ask whether the establishment of the European Defence Fund is a good way to achieve peace and security."

Read the full statement and see the 42 signatories here

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