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According to Krasnodębski, Polish companies and the Polish state should be doing more to participate in EU defense cooperation initiatives. As the rapporteur of an EP report on the European Defense Fund, the senior Polish politician sees general unity on the issue of the initiative.
In an interview with Defence24.pl he argues that Poland needs to take advantage of the Romanian Presidency in the EU to ensure that the initiative is compatible with NATO plans in Europe.
The initiative contains encouragement for multi-country projects that create opportunities for the defense industries across Europe and preferences for small and medium enterprises with a budget of some 13 billion Euro for the 2021 period.
The initiative is an opportunity for the Polish defense industry to go to the next level and enter international corporation networks and participate in large defense projects
Prof. Krasnodębski feels that the initiative is an opportunity for the Polish defense industry to go to the next level and enter international corporation networks and participate in large defense projects as long as Poland becomes more pro-active in this field, as it has shown it can in other sectors such as energy and infrastructure development.
He says that there is agreement that companies who are partly American owned but located in EU states should be able to participate. The senior MEP argues that although Poland must make military cooperation with the US priority it should not ignore the EU initiatives and says that Poland “must work on both fronts”.
Prof. Krasnodębski sees some dangers of the French wanting to use EU initiatives to distance Europe from America but on the other hand he sees potential for using the initiative to increase German military capacity under a European umbrella. He does not see increasing EU defense capacity as a threat to Poland’s interests as long as there is close cooperation on them with the US.