October 25-26, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys attended an EU Military Committee Conference in Belgium.
“We have discussed extensively the further adaptation of the EU Battlegroups which was put forward earlier. It is very important to use the means at hand and to complete the groups we already have. I am referring to human resources, communication, infrastructure, and of course, coordination with NATO. This aspect is also important for planning and ensuring the defence of Lithuania and our region,” said Chief of Defence of Lithuania.
General V. Rupšys and his 26 EU counterparts discussed the Strategic Compass, EU Battlegroup adaptation, increasing efficiency of the EU military missions and operations, swifter EU response and input in the threats facing the member states, and the EU-NATO cooperation with NATO representatives.
The session on EU missions and operations addressed the EU mission in Mozambique to which Lithuania plans deploying two officers. The discussion on EU training missions looked into increasing their efficiency.
Significant attention was paid to expanding assistance to Ukraine and assessment of opportunities for the new training mission in Ukraine.
“We, as the EU Military Committee, are addressing issues that concern not only European Union member states. This time we have focussed extensively on Ukraine. I have underscored in my remarks that we must engage in the reform of Ukraine’s defence sector and to develop the idea of an advisory and assistance mission to Ukraine further,” said Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the EU Military Committee (French: Comité militaire) is the highest structure of military command that forms advice and recommendations in the area of the Common Security and Defence Policy and military missions and operations. The committee is formed by Chiefs of Defence of the member states and meets twice a year in Brussels.
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Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence Capt Rūta Montvilė
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