Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence
Permanent Structured Cooperation: Motion
Finally I will bring up one issue which was mentioned, although there are probably more there. Does the Minister of State expect that this move by the European Union states will increase the militarisation of Europe by increasing the spend on military equipment? I do not necessarily mean only Ireland's spend, but that of EU states in general. I understand the logic of having similar equipment. The intention or expectation is that there will be an increase in military spend. For instance, there is defence fund of €5 billion to buy newer, more modern weapons. I do not know whether that means more lethal or just more effective.