EU: 23 member states sign joint notification for defense security pact

Twenty-three EU member states on Monday signed [press release] a joint notification [text, PDF] for the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), a long sought after pact which will facilitate states working together more closely on defense security and defense policy matters. The idea of cooperation in defense security and defense policy was introduced in the Lisbon Treaty [official website] in 2007. The signed notification to the High Commissioner and European Council is the first step in achieving full implementation of a…

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