Czech Defence Minister Karla Slechtova said her country wants to offer at least three new projects to its EU partners for the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO). She made the announcement after a meeting of EU defence ministers on March 6

The defence ministers confirmed the start of the first 17 projects. There will be the beginning of working talks on their specific form.

The countries are also thinking of a further stage of the collaboration. In this context, Prague would like to “run” as the leading country with at least three proposals of its own, Slechtova said.

As reported by Prague Daily Monitor, they are to relate to the sharing of training capacities of the Vera passive surveillance systems, the training with chemical combat substances and the sharing of capacities for the training of pilots of jet planes.

The partners will review the Czech proposals in April or May and the decision on the second stage of PESCO will be made by the ministers this November.