Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner responsible for internal market and defense industry issues, promised Europe will be able to produce one million shells annually by the start of April during a visit to Tallinn on Friday.
Breton met with Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) to discuss increasing European defense preparedness and the Commission's soon-to-be-published Defense Industrial Strategy.
This will ensure military support for Ukraine, including the need to implement the One Million Shells initiative.
"By the end of March-April, we will be able to produce one million shells per year in Europe. In other words, we will keep our commitment. I cannot give you the figures today because this is something which is confidential, of course. But I can again tell you that we will be at one million, again, at the end of March, beginning of April. And I am telling you also that we will be at the end of this year, at capacity to produce 1.3 to 1.4 million shells," he said during a joint press conference.
The million shells initiative was proposed by Kallas last year as a way for the EU to jointly procure ammunition for Ukraine.
It was important to be in Tallinn today to personally thank Estonian Prime Minister @kajakallas for launching the idea of #eurobonds for #defence readiness.— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) January 19, 2024
This is what we need for & long-term security, while continuing military support to Ukraine now. pic.twitter.com/hh6A5ruYll
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