HR/VP Josep Borrell press remarks during the EC Press Conference on 18 May 2022.
Nothing comparable to what is happening in ukraine has happened in europe since the end of world war ii, in terms of human cost, of thousands of saltiest being killed in terms of the number of military assessed involved and with the global consequences of this conflict, we need to increase our capacity to act and take more responsibility in our security. This joint communication on defense gap analysis that we have adopted today is a call to strengthen the european union member states, defense capacities years of budget cuts and under investment, has to be recovered.
We have to have economies of scale how to reduce fragmentation and the critical gaps that we have today in our armed forces. So we need to spend more, but, most importantly, we need to spend together to spend better. It is a wake up call we need to act and in order to act, this document presents these lines of action.