THE European Union wants to pump £88.5million of aid money into foreign armed forces, despite most of its members failing to meet Nato targets on defence spending.
EU chiefs said foreign generals would be forbidden from using the hand-outs to fund "recurrent military expenditure" such as weapons, ammunition and combat training.
But the cash can be spent on non-armoured troop transport vehicles, uniforms and surveillance equipment. Furniture, stationery and "sport facilities" are also covered.
MEPs are today set to pass the proposal which will see cash earmarked for international development funnelled into military security operations in strife-torn countries such as Yemen and Sudan.
Brussels bosses insist the aid money will be used on “non-lethal equipment and improvements in infrastructure” in a bid to bring global peace and stability.
It is the first time the EU will pump money directly into a foreign military structure but officials insist the move is essential for the future success of its international development programme.
The proposal is to ring-fence £88.5 million of existing budgetary resources to the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace for 2018-2020.