BRUSSELS - European Union (EU) countries spent their highest-level ever recorded on defence in 2020, the European Defence Agency (EDA) said in a report published on Monday

However, the data shows that since 2016 there has been "significant reduction" in joint defence procurement.

In 2020, the total defence spending in the EU stood at €198bn, a five-percent increase on 2019, making it the most spent on defence in the bloc since the EU agency keeps track of it since 2006.