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  1. 06/02/2017

    Davos 2017 - Redefining Europe's Security Agenda

    As the European Union needs to respond to internal security threats, shifting alliances at its borders and changing transatlantic relations, what are the perspectives for a common security and defence policy?

    EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini joined NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and others to discuss this topic at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos.

    The issues addressed include: Managing internal and external borders; facilitating intelligence, police and justice collaboration; integrating investment in defence research and development.

    See the entire discussion here.

  2. 02/02/2017

    Defending Europe - Translating mutual assistance into action

    In her Clingendael publication, "Defending Europe - Translating mutual assistance into action" Anne Bakker argues that procedures and institutional support alone are not enough to translate the mutual assistance commitment into action. The EU’s new task in protection of Europe also needs to be translated into capabilities.

    Furthermore, the existing institutional capacity needs to be reinforced. In line with the EU-NATO declaration of December, synchronisation between the IPCR arrangements and NATO’s Crisis Response System is needed. Finally, intelligence sharing between member states and EU actors needs to be strengthened.

  3. 25/01/2017

    VIDEO: EU Global Strategy and Climate Security

    The EU Global Strategy provides a blueprint for integrating the elements of climate, security, and implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Pascal Delisle, Adviser on Climate Change, Economic and Global Issues at the European External Action Service (EEAS), explains why this is important in a video interview by Climate Diplomacy.

    Watch the video interview here.

  4. 23/01/2017

    Strategy for Europe’s neighbourhood: keep resilient and carry on?

    The EU Global Strategy sets resilience as a priority for the EU’s relations with its neighbours. Sven Biscop outlines that while it does signal a pragmatic and justified move away from proactive democratisation and regime change, questions remain concerning the actual focus and process of resilience building – especially when there is no benign leadership to cooperate with.

    Furthermore, at a time when global powers such as Russia, China, and the United States are engaging in fierce geopolitical competition, many countries are prioritizing national survival and security guarantees. As such, sovereignty and equality could be more practical objectives for the EU's engagement with its neighbourhood.

    For more analysis on the EU Global Strategy, see here.

  5. 10/01/2017

    EU Council: Maltese Presidency focuses on EU Global Strategy

    Malta holds the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January to June 2017. The presidency has highlighted that it will work closely with the European External Action Service to manage the complex challenges facing Europe, using the EU Global Strategy as a comprehensive guide. In this regard, Malta will support work on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, with a view to the first Implementation Report expected in June 2017.

    In particular, the presidency programme highlights the need to address the links between the internal and external security dimensions of the EU, and stresses that an integrated approach to conflict is crucial when facing challenges such as migration, terrorism, and hybrid threats.

    To read the full presidency programme, see here.

  6. 09/01/2017

    La Stratégie Globale de l’UE : de quoi s’agit-il ?

    A l’heure du Brexit et de la montée des populismes, la Stratégie Globale met en exergue l’agenda transformationnel de l’Union européenne. Quoique fondé sur les principes traditionnels de la politique étrangère européenne, ce document apporte une réelle nouveauté de par son recentrage sur les intérêts propres de l’UE et de ses citoyens permettant ainsi de dépasser le concept trop réducteur de « soft power » et d’ancrer l’UE en tant que « smart power ».

    Read the latest Analysis on the EU Global Strategy here.

  7. 16/12/2016

    Latest Insights on the EU Global Strategy

    Read the latest opinions on the EU Global Strategy and its implementation. The Strategy was launched to make Europe resilient in the face of crisis and preserve Europe's core interests and values.  Find out more about the European Global Strategy in our analysis section.

  8. 15/12/2016

    European Council gives green light to EU Security and Defence package

    On December 15, The European Council endorsed the Council conclusions of 14 November and 17 October 2016 on implementing the EU Global Strategy in the area of Security and Defence. In particular, the Council welcomed the Commission's proposals on the European Defence Action Plan, and urged swift action to follow up on the Council conclusions of 6 December 2016 on implementing the Joint Declaration signed in Warsaw by EU and NATO leaders.

    The European Council's support gives further momentum to the EU Security and Defence package – a key ambition for the implementation of the EU Global Strategy.

    To read the full European Council conclusions, see here.

  9. 07/12/2016

    EU and NATO boost cooperation on Security and Defence

    EU-NATO Cooperation represents a key component to enhance European Security. This is one of the key priorities of the EU Global Strategy.

    On 6 December, EU Foreign and Defence Ministers decided on concrete proposals for cooperation. These include Countering hybrid threats, operational cooperation including maritime issues; cyber security and defence, defence capabilities, parallel and coordinated exercises and defence and security capacity-building.

    “Today we start a new important era in EU-NATO cooperation,” said High Representative Federica Mogherini in a press statement together with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    The proposals come as a follow up to the  Joint Declaration on EU-NATO Cooperation, signed on 8 July 2016. This decision symbolizes a significant step towards boosting coordination with NATO. Together with the Implementation Plan on Security and Defence and the European Defence Action Plan (hyperlinks), they form an ambitious package to reinforce the security of the European Union.

    Read the full council conclusions here.

    To view an overview of the EU's security and defence policy (including infographics), see here.

  10. 01/12/2016

    EU High Representative Federica Mogherini unveils the European Defence Action Plan

    On November 30th 2016, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini unveiled the European Defence Action Plan, including a proposal to create a European Defence Fund and other actions to help Member States boost research and spend more efficiently on joint defence capabilities. The Plan will strengthen European citizens' security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base.

    The European Defence Action Plan is one of the three pillars of plans to strengthen EU security and defence as set out EU Global Strategy. The Global Strategy’s Implementation Plan on Security and Defence sets out a new level of ambition for the EU and identifies actions to fulfil it, including better cooperation on defence capabilities. It is also in line with the EU-NATO Joint Declaration, signed in July: HRVP Mogherini and Secretary-General of NATO, Stoltenberg, are currently working on its implementation.

    EU Heads of State and Government will discuss the plans at their 15-16 December Summit.

    To read the full European Commission statement, see here.

    To view the joint press conference, see here.