EU Defence Policy

Ministry of Defence written question – answered am ar 28 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Air Power Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Arctic Command and Control Effector and Sensor System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s CBRN Defence Training Range Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Counter Battery Sensors Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Cyber and Information Domain Coordination Center Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Deployable Modular Underwater Intervention Capability Package Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Essential Elements of European Escort Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Cyber Academia and Innovation Hub Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s EUFOR Crisis Response Operation Core Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Global RPAS Insertion Architecture System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems – MALE RPAS (Eurodrone) Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Training Certification Centre for European Armies Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Future Medium-size Tactical Cargo Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Harbour and Maritime Surveillance Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Integrated Multi-Layer Air and Missile Defence System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Joint EU Intelligence School Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Maritime Unmanned Anti-Submarine System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Next Generation Small RPAS Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s ROLE 2F Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Special Operations Forces Medical Training Centre Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Counter Unmanned Aerial System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based Theater Surveillance Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Airborne Electronic Attack Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle / Amphibious Assault Vehicle / Light Armoured Vehicle Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Surveillance as a Service Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Cyber Ranges Federations Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Defence of Space Assets Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Electronic Warfare Capability and Interoperability Programme for Future Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Beyond Line of Sight Land Battlefield Missile Systems Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Military Partnership Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Attack Helicopters TIGER Mark III Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria his Department uses to assess whether the UK would seek to participate in Permanent Structured Cooperation projects.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European High Atmosphere Airship Platform – Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capability Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Military Space Surveillance Awareness Network Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Secure Software defined Radio Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the European Union Network of Diving Centres Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Future Short-Range Air to Air Missile Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Helicopter Hot and High Training Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Integrated Unmanned Ground Systems 2 Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Main Battle Tank Simulation and Testing Center Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Materials and components for technological EU competitiveness Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Network of Logistic Hubs in Europe and Support to Operations Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s One Deployable Special Operations Forces Tactical Command and Control Command Post for Small Joint Operations Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Rotorcraft Docking Station for Drones Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Upgrade of Maritime Surveillance Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Automated Modelling, Identification and Damage Assessment of Urban Terrain Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Common Hub for Governmental Imagery Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Critical Seabed Infrastructure Protection Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Deployable Military Disaster Relief Capability Package Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Energy Operational Function Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Collaborative Warfare Capabilities Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Radio Navigation Solution Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Defence Airlift Training Academy Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Medical Command Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s European Patrol Corvette Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Geo-meteorological and Oceanographic Support Coordination Element Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Integrated European Joint Training and Simulation Centre Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Integrated Unmanned Ground System Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Maritime (semi) Autonomous Surface Vehicle Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Next Generation Medium Helicopter Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Robust Communication Infrastructure and Networks Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Small Scalable Weapons Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of Alyn Smith Alyn Smith Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Europe), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (EU Accession)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of participating in the EU’s Strategic C2 System for CSDP Missions and Operations Permanent Structured Cooperation project.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

Our priority is to finalise entry into the PESCO Military Mobility project before considering involvement in other projects. However we continue to assess that the EU's existing 'third country' terms of participation for PESCO projects, involving capability development or procurement, place significant restraints on UK involvement in other PESCO projects.

We continue to constructively engage with the EU to ensure its initiatives are complementary to NATO and supportive of meaningful third country participation.

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