High Representative Federica Mogherini proposed an Implementation Plan on Security and Defence in order to turn into action the vision set out in the EU Global Strategy.
The Implementation Plan focuses on three priorities: enabling the European Union to respond more comprehensively, rapidly and decisively to crises; enhancing further the security and defence capacities of our partners; and strengthening the European Union's capacity to protect European citizens.
The Plan also describes a set of concrete actions, including improving the EU’s Rapid Response to crises, strengthening coordination between civilian and military structures, setting up a Coordinated Annual Review of Defence spending, and exploring the potential of a Structured Cooperation among Member States on security and defence.
This Plan will go hand in hand with proposals by the European Commission to strengthen the Union's industrial base as well as the implementation of the EU-NATO Joint declaration. The three initiatives form part of a package to make Europe safer and more secure in full complementarity with NATO.
The Plan has been welcomed by EU Foreign and Defence Ministers, who gathered in Brussels on 14 November 2016. It will be further presented to EU Heads of State and Government at the next European Council in December 2016.
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