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Defence budget to remain 2% of Estonian GDP says ministry

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 1, 2019
Minister of Defence Jüri Luik
European economies   Minister of Defence Jüri Luik

According to the budget strategy approved by the Government of the Republic for 2020–2023, Estonia will continue to use at least 2% of GDP for the development of national defence, added to which are the costs for hosting Allies and the Defence Investment Programme, in accordance with the principles set forth in the foundations for security policy and the coalition agreement.

This is also the minimum target rate for national defence agreed upon between NATO allies.

According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the defence budget for the coming years will focus on the development of capabilities of vital importance to military defence, which are essential for defending the country.

These capabilities proceed from the valid National Defence Development Plan 2017-2026, and what is agreed upon in the Ministry of Defence’s development plan, which looks 4 years into the future.

‘When developing national defence it is important that comprehensive capabilities are achieved, which requires thorough planning well in advance.

‘The placement of each euro is very precisely thought out,’ added Luik.


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