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In a world that has become increasingly complex and contested, Europe has stepped up its work on defence over the past few years. Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence is one of the new instruments in the EU’s toolbox. Under this framework, 13 new projects for European cooperation on defence have just been agreed by EU Ministers.

The Council focused in particular on PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation) and adopted a decision launching thirteen new PESCO projects. Defence ministers also discussed the coherence between PESCO and the other EU defence initiatives, including the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and the European Defence Fund.

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini today met the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, and the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Sadyk Safoev. They discussed a number of issues on which the European Union and the Republic of Uzbekistan share a common interest, including the peace process in Afghanistan, and regional cooperation in Central Asia.

The European Union exercises maximum diplomacy with everybody during crises. This is the natural role of the EU in support of peace, security and democracy, said the High Representative Federica Mogherini following the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.

The Council adopted an updated list of 13 projects to be undertaken under PESCO. Today's decision brings to 47 the number of projects that are currently in place.

The vote of no-confidence in the government in the Republic of Moldova over questions concerning the recruitment process of the Prosecutor General sends worrying signals for the reform process in the country.

The coalition had started a number of initiatives to deliver on the key commitments made since June notably in the fields of the fight against corruption, independence of the judiciary and investigation into the banking fraud.

The need for such reforms has not gone away with the voting down of the government.

Call for Contributions for a Specialised Team for the European Union CSDP Mission in Mali (EUCAP Sahel Mali) - to EU Member States - Deadline for initial expression of interest: Friday, 22 November 2019 at 17.00hrs (Brussels time).

Ante la transformación del entorno de seguridad, la Estrategia Global sobre Política Exterior y de Seguridad de la Unión Europea permitió poner en marcha un proceso de intensificación de la cooperación en materia seguridad y defensa. Los Estados miembros de la UE convinieron en impulsar la labor de la Unión Europea en esta materia y reconocieron que, para lograr este objetivo, era preciso mejorar la coordinación e incrementar las inversiones en defensa y la cooperación en cuanto al desarrollo de las capacidades de defensa.

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