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EU Security and Defence package

Terrorism, trafficking and smuggling, hybrid threats by state and non-state actors and other threats and challenges are directly affecting our internal security and often feed off the crises and instability in the regions surrounding Europe. "For most Europeans security is a top priority today" says High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini. The EU has taken action to respond. It will become a stronger actor on the international scene to promote peace and security in its neighbourhood and beyond. HR/VP Mogherini has set out how to achieve this in a strategy ("A Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy") adopted in June 2016. The three interlinked decisions on security and defence are turning this vision into concrete actions.

Ministers on 14 November agreed on a new level of ambition in security and defence.  It focuses on three priorities: enabling the European Union to respond more comprehensively, rapidly and effectively to crises, in particular in our neighbourhood; helping to make our partners stronger when it comes to their security and defence; and strengthening the European Union's capacity to protect European citizens, by working more closely together on security. To fulfil these goals, Ministers also agreed to a range of actions to strengthen civilian and military capabilities, as well as EU security and defence structures and tools.

The European Defence Action Plan was adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2016. It comprises a European Defence Fund and other actions to help Member States boost research and spend more efficiently on joint defence capabilities, thus fostering a competitive and innovative defence industrial base and contributing to enhance European citizens' security.

The Council of the European Union and Foreign Ministers of NATO adopted in parallel on 6 December a common set of proposals for EU-NATO cooperation. This follows from the Joint Declaration signed by EU leaders and the NATO Secretary General last July. The set of actions comprises 42 concrete proposals for implementation in seven areas of cooperation. EU-NATO cooperation is thus taken to a new level, at a moment when facing common challenges together is more important than ever.



More on EU – NATO Cooperation

Joint EU-NATO Declaration of 08 July 2016

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

Infographics on implementation of the Joint EU NATO Declaration


Press releases and statements on Security and Defence

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" 

EU wants to reinforce its security and defence capacity

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