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Canada joins EU Military Mobility initiative: why does this matter?

By Brig.-Gen. Fritz Urbach       

Canada joined the U.S. and Norway in deepening military collaboration with the European Union. It is a significant move for the future of transatlantic cooperation.

HMCS Kingston sails in Lancaster Sound, close to Gascoyne Inlet during Operation Nano, Aug. 29, 2019. The link between climate change and security and defence, with the Arctic at the centre as a region of future economic development, but also military competition, offers opportunities for exchanges, sharing best practices and benchmarking between Canada and the EU, writes Brig.-Gen. Fritz Urbach. Photograph courtesy of DND/Corporal Simon Arcand

It may seem like a small, administrative step, but it is a significant move for EU-Canada security and defence cooperation: on May 6, the Council of the EU formally invited Canada to join the EU’s Military Mobility initiative in the framework of the Permanent and Structured Cooperation (PESCO). Significantly, two other NATO members, the U.S. and Norway, also joined in, alongside Canada. 

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