https://www.rt.com/information/588364-eu-record-military-spending/EU units new navy spending report

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https://www.rt.com/information/588364-eu-record-military-spending/EU units new navy spending report

Regardless of the rise, the EU’s prime diplomat warned that the bloc continues “to lag behind different gamers” in protection spending

Navy spending within the European Union elevated by 6% to a report €240 billion ($261.4 billion) in 2022, in response to figures revealed on Thursday by the European Protection Company.

Some 20 of the EU’s 28 member states elevated their protection budgets final yr, with six nations implementing hikes of greater than 10%. Sweden – which utilized to hitch NATO final July – led the pack with a rise of 30%, the tiny kingdom of Luxembourg adopted at 28%, the vocally anti-Russia authorities of Lithuania boosted spending by 27.6%, and Spain’s ruling socialists oversaw a rise of 19%.

In complete, 1.5% of the bloc’s GDP was spent on protection final yr. Some 22 EU members are additionally members of NATO, but solely 5 – Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland – met the bloc’s requirement that they spend 2% of their GDP on their militaries. Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Finland joined these 5 in passing the two% threshold this yr.

A report €58 billion ($68.1 billion) was allotted to protection investments and weapons procurement throughout the bloc, up 6% from 2021. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz vowed final March to spend virtually double this quantity on his nation’s navy in a one-off money injection, however as of this February, lower than a 3rd of the lump sum had been assigned to contracts.

The EU’s mixed navy price range continues to be dwarfed by that of the US, which spent $752.9 billion on protection in 2022, growing that determine to $816.7 billion this yr, or round 3.5% of GDP. 

Regardless of spending extra on protection than ever earlier than, the EU is struggling to arm its personal troopers and Ukraine. Member states dedicated in March to the joint provide of one million artillery shells to Kiev’s forces by March 2024, however solely a 3rd of that quantity has been equipped, and German Protection Minister Boris Pistorius instructed reporters final month that “the a million goal is not going to be reached.”

In the meantime, media experiences counsel that the German armed forces would have sufficient ammunition for 2 days of full-scale struggle, whereas NATO logistics chief Alexander Sollfrank warned final month that bureaucratic hurdles and insufficient infrastructure would forestall NATO forces from simply attending to the frontline within the occasion of struggle with Russia.

The EU’s prime diplomat, Josep Borrell, said in mid-2022 that all the bloc’s militaries mixed would “run out of ammo in two weeks” in the event that they needed to combat a battle as intense because the one in Ukraine.

Borrell, who additionally heads the European Protection Company, welcomed Thursday’s report, however warned that the EU continues to “lag behind different international gamers in spending.”

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