EU defence fund needs greater ethical and political scrutiny, peace groups say

Éanna Kelly, Science | Business, 28 March 2019 - Peace activists in Europe are raising concerns about the level of scrutiny for the EU’s upcoming €13 billion defence fund. The European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) warns that the fund to pool research into military technology such as drones, air-to-air refuelling planes and cyber-defence systems from 2021 “undermines EU democratic procedures”, by excluding the European Parliament from exercising its veto powers over annual spending. [...]
“As the European military industry makes a large share of its sales outside Europe, subsidising arms industry R&D will inevitably increase EU arms exports to areas where there is tension or conflict,” says Wendela de Vries, co-ordinator at the Netherland’s Stop Wapenhandel. [...]