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Security & Defence

Security & Defence

To implement the EU Global Strategy, decisive steps are being taken on Security and Defence. In November 2016, EU Foreign and Defence ministers decided on a new level of ambition and key steps to upgrade cooperation to ensure the Security of our Union in line with the Global Strategy (Council conclusions). These Conclusions were based on HRVP Federica Mogherini’s Implementation Plan on Security and Defence. This aims to improve the protection of the EU and its citizens, help governments jointly build military capacity, and develop better response to crises. The EU has moved rapidly to implement the implement the strategy. It has established a new command centre for military training and advisory missions that will help we have fast and coordinated response to crises around the globe. At the same time a coordinated review of annual defence budgets is underway that will allow member states to plan and invest on crucial military capabilities together.

Further actions to step up EU Security include the European Defence Action Plan, which proposes financial help for Member States for more efficient joint procurement and capability development, and steps to put into effect the EU-NATO Joint Declaration.

Key documents on Security and Defence

Defence cooperation: Council establishes Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), with 25 member states participating

"EU remains committed to strengthen security and defence": Council adopts Conclusions

Council Conclusions on Security and Defence (March 2017)

European Council conclusions, 15 December 2016

Council Conclusions on the Global Strategy on the EU's foreign and security policy

EU Global Strategy Implementation Plan on Security and Defence

Council Conclusions on implementing the Global Strategy in the area of security and defence

Commission Defence Action Plan

Joint EU-NATO Declaration of 08 July 2016

Council Conclusions on implementing the Joint Declaration on EU-NATO cooperation

Joint Framework to counter hybrid threats

Multimedia on Security and Defence

Video: "In a challenging geopolitical environment, the EU cooperation on external security and defence will be strengthened"

Video: "EU wants to reinforce its security and defence capacity" (link is external) 

Video: Press conference by HRVP Federica MOGHERINI, Vice-President Jyrki KATAINEN, and Commissioner Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA European Defence Action Plan

Press releases and statements on Security and Defence

EU complements ongoing security and defence work with a look to the future

Remarks by HR/VP Mogherini on the reflection paper on the future of the European defence

EU defence and security agenda progressing fast: Mogherini

EU and Nato start new era of cooperation

Remarks by the High Representative Mogherini on the adoption of the European Defence Action Plan

European Commission press release on the European Defence Action Plan: Towards a European Defence Fund 

HRVP Mogherini unveils European Defence Action Plan

HRVP Mogherini: "EU-Nato cooperation crucial for the continent" 

HRVP Mogherini presents Implementation Plan on Security and Defence to EU Ministers

HRVP Mogherini: "Global Strategy will allow EU to meet its huge potential"