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In the margins of the EDA Steering Committee meeting on May 14, 2019, 23 (out of 28) Member States and the EDA signed a new programme that will facilitate the granting of cross-border permits for ground and air movements. The programme will be developed as part of the EDA‘s work on military mobility.

The aim of the signed programme is to harmonise the various national rules of the participating Member States. Member States will be enabled to reduce the administrative burden associated with the various authorisation procedures and thus significantly reduce the time taken to issue authorisations for transboundary land and air movements.

One aim are cross border movement permission concerns, meaning the procedures to acquire permission to cross borders and is an area where the EU Member States can work together to increase the consistency and/or the effectiveness of their procedures. This EDA programme has been signed by 22 Member States on May 14, 2019. In addition, two Technical Arrangements (TA) will be developed. The arrangements will lay down administrative procedures per transport mode, during crisis times, preparation for crisis, training and day-to-day business. Both TA’s describe standard situations in which the impact for a host nation is reduced to an absolute minimum and required support is minimal or not required.

The participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden.

Gerhard Heiming