Defence Minister Panos Kammenos participated in the informal Council of Defence Ministers of the European Union, held in Sofia.
Once again, Kammenos denounced the fact that two Greek military personnel, both European and NATO military, have been held for 66 days in the High Security Prison of Adrianople. He thanked the High Representative and his counterparts for their support so far and called for further efforts to be made for the immediate release of the European soldiers.
One of the key issues discussed in the Council was the Permanent Structured Cooperation, for which the European Commission has foreseen co-financing from the Community budget for research, technology and defence programmes of 13 billion euros for the period 2021-2027. It is worth noting that Greece is among the four countries with the highest number of approved programmes. The European Commission will also finance 6.5 billion euros to improve transport infrastructure in order to facilitate military mobility.