EU Member states have committed themselves to a Common Foreign Security Policy for the European Union.
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The European Security and Defence Policy aims to strengthen the EU's external ability to act through the development of civilian and military capabilities in Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management.
To influence policies violating international law or human rights, or policies disrespectful of the rule of law or democratic principles, the EU has designed sanctions of a diplomatic or economic nature.
The EU is also a leading international actor in the fight against illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms and light weapons.