Portugal’s High Council for National Defence (CSDN) approves a military budget proposal that would allocate €5 billion to Portugal’s armed forces through 2030.
The investment to re-equip Portugal’s armed forces will increase €20 million next year, with the total budget estimated to be around €5 billion by 2030, Diario de Noticias reported on Friday.
The CSDN is chaired by the President of the Republic, who has the casting vote, and is also composed of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers of State, the Minister of National Defence, Minister of Internal Administration and Minister of Economy.
After being approved by the Council of Ministers, the proposal should be delivered to the Portuguese Parliament in mid-October.
The progressive and significant increase in the funds available each year for investment in the Armed Forces reflects Portugal’s commitment under NATO to bring the military budget closer to the target of 2% annual defence expenditure.
The document was set on Tuesday, first in the Council of Chiefs of Staff (CCEM) and then in the Military High Council – an organ in which the government hears the position of military leaders.
Portugal’s Military Budget Proposal ‘Favors Air Force, Navy’; Army Not Happy
The Navy will receive the most funds, slightly more than €1 billion, followed by the Air Force with more €800 million and the Army with more than €750 million.
The current Military Programming Law 2019-2030 (LPM), approved in 2015, will be revised again in 2022.
With the political criteria favoring the purchase of priority capabilities for the country, regardless of the branch that will have them, the Army will end up seeing a delay in the implementation of programs that it considers important – such as weapons support components, combat support, and other services.
On the basis of the reservations expressed by Army General Rovisco Duarte, there is still the perception that the Navy and the Air Force are benefiting in the first years of the three quadrennies of the LPM.
According to Diario de Noticias, a senior Army official considered it natural for the military branch to disagree with the priorities of the new LPM at this stage of the hearings.
Portugal’s High Council for National Defence (CSDN)
In the early 2000s, CSDN gave a favorable opinion on “a mission of assistance and support” in Iraq under NATO and “the possibility of participation in the multilateral coalition” with “training and military training.”
In the light of recent international security concerns, the CSDN has considered and approved a NATO assistance and support mission and the possibility of participating in the multilateral coalition in Iraq in the framework of military training and training.
The CSDN also gave favorable opinion to the proposals of the Government of Military Programming Law (LPM) and Military Infrastructures Law (LPIM), considering that they were “able to transit for a decision of the Government and, later, of the Assembly of the Republic.”
The CSDN has also given its support to the “Government’s proposal on the missions for the year 2015” within the framework of NATO, the European Union and the UN.
Portugal’s defence council also includes the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, representatives of the Republic for the autonomous regions, presidents of the governments of the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira, the chairman of the parliamentary committee for National Defence of the Assembly of the Republic, the chiefs of the Member States of the three Branches and two deputies to the Assembly of the Republic.