According to observers, most of the EU’s policy decisions on armaments in recent years are almost identical to recommendations made by the arms lobby. In 2004, the arms trade received a considerable boost when the European Defence Agency (EDA) was established with the explicit objective of assisting EU governments to build up their arsenals. At that time, the three largest arms companies this side of the Atlantic – BAE, EADS and Thales – issued a joint statement predicting that the agency would be a “vital tool” in raising military expenditure.
It comes as little surprise then that the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, has said it will draw up an action plan for how small and medium-sized companies that manufacture military goods or their components can be strengthened. It has said that The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), an umbrella group for arms-makers, is to be intimately involved in deciding the plan’s contents.
So from the very institution that self promotes itself as being the reason for peace in Europe for the past 60 years it now announces that Arms traders are to be given a central role in formulating a new European Union (EU) blueprint for stimulating weapons production.
Like all industrial policy in the EU, it is the unelected corporate tail that wags the unelected unaccountable European Commission dog.
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It really is time to get out of this corrupt political union.