Committee support for membership of the European Sky Shield

Committee support for membership of the European Sky Shield
Committee support for membership of the European Sky Shield

Last summer, in the presence of her German and Austrian counterparts, Defense Minister Viola Amherd (center) signed a declaration of intent to join the European Sky Shield Initiative (archives).

Photo: KEYSTONE/ALESSANDRO DELLA VALLE

Switzerland should join the European anti-missile shield. The competent National committee narrowly gave a positive opinion to the Federal Council. But she wants Parliament to make a formal decision.

The European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) was launched by Germany in August 2022 shortly after Russian aggression in Ukraine. Its objective is to better coordinate and group air defense equipment acquisition projects in Europe.

The National Security Policy Committee is in favor of Switzerland joining the ESSI, by 12 votes against 11 and 1 abstention, the parliamentary services wrote on Tuesday. Switzerland’s membership is compatible with its neutrality, believes the narrow majority, unlike the minority.

But due to the broad scope that joining the ESSI would have, the Federal Council must submit the agreement to Parliament for the green light. By 13 votes to 11, the committee adopted a motion to this effect.

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