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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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12/09/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence
Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
12/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs. 

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12/07/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The NATO summit was an opportunity to follow up on EU-NATO cooperation. The EU and NATO signed a new joint declaration just ahead of the summit on 10 July 2018. 

10/07/2018 - Security and defence
Passenger holding passport and ticket © EU
05/07/2018 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

Non-EU nationals exempt from visa requirements will have to get an authorisation before travelling to the EU, under new rules backed by Parliament. 

Padlock on tablet computer © EU
03/07/2018 - Security and defence

For the first time, MEPs endorsed the setting up of a programme devoted to boosting innovation in European defence industry including cyber security. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
25/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The Council adopted conclusions on security and defence. It also adopted a decision setting out governance rules for projects undertaken under PESCO, and approved the overarching high-level part of the military requirements for military mobility within and beyond the EU. 

Julian King, Jyrki Katainen, Federica Mogherini and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
13/06/2018 - Security and defence

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase the EU's strategic autonomy, bolster the EU's ability to protect its citizens and make the EU a stronger global actor. 

Věra Jourová, Dimítris Avramópoulos, and Julian King © EU
17/04/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The European Commission is taking additional steps to further curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate – denying them the means needed to plan, finance and carry out crimes.

Violeta Bulc © EU
28/03/2018 - Security and defence

In line with President Juncker's commitment to a fully-fledged Defence Union by 2025, the Commission and the High Representative are presenting an Action Plan to improve military mobility within and beyond the European Union.

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24/01/2018 - Security and defence

Today, the European Commission reports on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, including priorities like countering radicalisation, enhancing cybersecurity and protecting public spaces.

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12/12/2017 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Today, the European Commission has proposed to close information gaps by upgrading EU information systems for security, border and migration management and making them work together in a smarter and more efficient way.

A rescuer and a sniffer dog standing atop rubble, in Amatrice © EU
23/11/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / International aid, development and cooperation / Security and defence

The European Commission has revealed ambitious new plans to strengthen Europe's ability to deal with natural disasters. The proposal is a central part of President Juncker's agenda of a Europe that protects. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
14/11/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Foreign affairs ministers and defence ministers discussed on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy in the area of security and defence. The Council then adopted conclusions on security and defence highlighting the progress achieved and looking at the next steps. 

Military troops and airplane © EU
10/11/2017 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

As part of the drive to better protect citizens and improve the Union's security environment, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a number of actions to improving military mobility within the European Union.

Passport being electronically scanned © EU
25/10/2017 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

A common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external borders and to register all non-EU travellers was backed by Parliament.

Julian King © EU
18/10/2017 - Security and defence

As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects.

Padlock on laptop and hand on keyboard © EU
28/09/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The Commission is presenting guidelines and principles for online platforms to increase the proactive prevention, detection and removal of illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online.

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27/09/2017 - Asylum and migration / Security and defence

The Commission is proposing to update the Schengen Borders Code to adapt the rules for the reintroduction of temporary internal border controls to the current needs to respond to evolving and persistent serious threats to public policy or internal security.

Andrus Ansip, Julian King, Mariya Gabriel © EU
19/09/2017 - Security and defence

To equip Europe with the right tools to deal with cyber-attacks, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a wide-ranging set of measures to build strong cybersecurity in the EU. 

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