With less than a hundred days left until the European elections in May 2019, the conclusions set out the Council's response to a broad range of threats to ensuring free and fair European elections, based on lessons learnt so far.
‘’None of the security challenges our world faces today can be effectively addressed with a purely military approach’’ High Representative / Vice-President Mogherini said taking the floor at the 55th Munich Security Conference. The European Union has made unprecedented progress in working together to develop its hard power over the past years. At the same time, it continues to champion soft power instruments, the EU's ''trade mark''. This has made the European Union ''a real security provider''.
We had, with the Ministers, a very good exchange today. As we do not have much time, I do not want to cut short the time for your questions and my answers, so I would be very brief in my debrief and leave more space for your questions.
The EU supports the efforts the G5 Sahel countries in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and any other threat to security and peace. The EU wants to reinforce its regional approach in the Sahel with the aim of supporting cross-border cooperation, regional cooperation structures, and, in this context, of enhancing national capacities of the G5 Sahel countries. Stability in the Sahel region is also key for European security.