European Parliament supports increased production of ammunition for Ukraine
On Thursday, the European Parliament supported a bill to increase the European production of ammunition and missiles to support the Ukrainian army
European Pravda reported the information.
The European Commission introduced the draft law on May 3, 2023. In the same month, MEPs reached an agreement to initiate an expedited review process within the parliament to speed up the adoption of the bill.
The head of the EP negotiating group, Christian Bushoi, said, "Todayʼs decision marks a significant step forward for the security and defense of our Union, particularly in our unwavering support for Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression.” He emphasized that it would enhance their capacity to address security challenges, describing it as a triumph for Europe and collective security.
The draft law was passed with 446 votes in favor, 67 votes against, and 112 abstentions. Following this, MEPs will commence negotiations with the Council of the EU to achieve a political agreement. MEPs will then vote on this agreement during a plenary session scheduled for July.
At the same time, MEPs are working on strengthening the European defense industry through a common procurement law (EDIRPA). The initiative aims to foster collaboration among Member States in defense procurement, with the objective of addressing the most pressing and crucial gaps in defense capabilities.
In March, the European Council approved a plan to provide Ukraine with one million rounds of ammunition over 12 months, which consists of three parts: the transfer of artillery shells from EU stockpiles, joint procurement from defense companies, and investment in industrial capacity.
On May 23, EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell announced that since the beginning of the year, EU states have already provided more than one-fifth of the one million artillery rounds and also missiles to Ukraine as part of an initiative to provide Ukraine with one million rounds.