published: 14.10.2013, 15:18 | updated: 14.10.2013 17:03:24
Budapest - The Czech Republic fully supports the establishment of a joint battlegroup of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries, outgoing Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok told reporters today.
The prime ministers of the V4 countries, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, confirmed the plan to establish a joint V4 battlegroup to operate as of 2016 at their meeting in Budapest today.
This is to be the V4 countries´ most significant contribution to the EU rapid response forces. The V4 battlegroup should be a long-term project.
"We fully support this initiative," Rusnok said at a press conference.
He agreed with his counterparts that the battlegroup could also be used within the forces of NATO whose members the V4 countries are.
According to previous information, the V4 battlegroup should have 3000 members.
The Czech Republic is prepared to deploy up to 800 soldiers, Poland plans to send 1300-1600 soldiers, Slovakia up to 400 and Hungary some 350 to the unit.
The Czech Republic offers health care personnel and logistics, Hungary would send sappers and Slovakia experts in combatting mass destruction weapons, it ensues from the March statement by the V4 representatives.
The establishment of a joint battlegroup is to help save financial means for the EU common defence by sharing the capabilities of national armies.
The EU summit in December is to discuss joint defence capacities.
The battlegroup is to be capable of a rapid deployment in area up to 6000km from Brussels within ten days.
The EU combat unit has not yet had to intervene in history.
EU politicians would have to agree on the form of the battlegroup´s intervention on the basis of a concrete mission.
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