|WEU Envisages Gradual Integration into the European Union |
WEU Envisages Gradual Integration into the European Union
Paris -- March 16, 1999 (WEU) -- The Standing Committee of the Assembly of WEU, at a special meeting in Paris on Tuesday, advocated fully integrating WEU in the European Union for the purpose of "implementation of a European defence capability in close coordination with NATO".
In a report submitted on behalf of the Political Committee, Mr. Lluis Maria de Puig, President of the Assembly of WEU, considered that "any direct assumption of security and defence responsibilities by the European Union" must "respect WEU's achievements". According to his report, the Assembly "should continue to defend the project of a European defence dimension by taking an unequivocal stance in favour of WEU's integration in the European Union, provided that such a course serves to advance that project and that WEU achievements are a part of it".