Cyprus joined Austria, Greece, France and Romania in a military exercise off Larnaca on Monday as part of the ‘Military Erasmus’ European framework.
The ‘Military Erasmus’ is taking place under the umbrella of European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and the Theresian Military Academy in Austria.
The European initiative for the exchange of young officers inspired by Erasmus, often referred to as “military Erasmus” in the media, is an initiative undertaken by the EU Member States aimed at developing the exchanges between armed forces of future military officers as well as their teachers and instructors during their initial education and training.
Due to the fact that the initiative is implemented by the Member States on a purely voluntary basis, their autonomy with regard to military training is not compromised.
A statement by the Cyprus Defence Ministry of Monday stated that the military drill “was yet another contribution by Cyprus in helping to strengthen security and unity within the EU.”