Good news: the European Defence Agency (EDA) has been screened by the European Ombudsman after a complaint by Vredesactie. The EDA plays a key role in supporting the arms industry and the militarisation of the EU.
The arms industry has a tight grip on Europe. For the third time in only a couple of weeks, Vredesactie shows how the arms industry is lobbying the EU. Today peace activists take action at the European Defence Industry Summit, where arms lobbyists and policy makers are meeting to discuss the future of Europe’s defence.
Activists warn the attendees and policy makers of the danger of the arms lobby for peace and security. "We refuse to outsource our security to the arms industry”, says one of the activists. “That will only lead to more arms exports, more violence, and more war”.
Dozens of citizens are trying to enter the European Parliament building today. With alarm clocks, bells and sirens they tried to wake up the Members of the European Parliament. “We don’t want any public money going to the arms industry”, says one of the activists. “The EU is only following the agenda of the big defence companies who have no interest in a peacefull sollution for conflicts . It is time our representatives listen to European citizens instead of heeding the interests of the arms industry.”
40 billion euros. That’s how much the European Union wants to spend on the research, development and procurement of new weapons during the next 10 years. The establishment of the European Defence Fund is an unprecedented acceleration in the militarization of the EU and only serves one purpose: sustaining the competitiveness of the arms industry. The question, which weapons should be developed and if they are actually needed, is not even asked.
In the run up to the NATO summit that will take place later this week in Brussels, a group of peace activists is occupying the offices of the European Commission. With their action they denounce the steps the European Union is taking to start a military research programme carried out by the arms industry.
This morning activists entered the offices of the European Commission, occupied the building and set up tents. They say they won’t leave as long as the EU does not stop giving money to the arms industry.