Informal European Council

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 3:42 pm, 6th February 2017

My hon. Friend is absolutely right; there is a growing recognition among the member states of the European Union that within NATO it is important to meet the 2% commitment for expenditure on defence. I am pleased to say that a small number of other European member states have already reached that 2% level, but others are actively moving towards that 2%--most notably, perhaps, some of the Baltic states.