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Angesichts des sich wandelnden Sicherheitsumfelds wurde mit der Globalen Strategie für die Außen-und Sicherheitspolitik der EU ein Prozess der engeren Zusammenarbeit im Bereich Sicherheit und Verteidigung eingeleitet. Die EU-Mitgliedstaaten haben eine Ausweitung der Tätigkeit der Europäischen Union in diesem Bereich vereinbart und anerkannt, dass eine engere Koordinierung sowie mehr Investitionen in die Verteidigung und die Zusammenarbeit bei der Entwicklung der Verteidigungsfähigkeiten eine wesentliche Voraussetzung sind, um dies zu erreichen.

Visto il mutevole contesto di sicurezza, la strategia globale per la politica estera e di sicurezza dell’UE (EUGS) ha dato il via ad un processo di approfondimento della cooperazione in materia di sicurezza e di difesa. Gli Stati membri dell’UE hanno concordato di intensificare l’operato dell’Unione europea in quest’ambito e hanno riconosciuto che, per realizzare tale obiettivo, è necessario rafforzare il coordinamento nonché incrementare gli investimenti per la difesa e la cooperazione nello sviluppo delle capacità di difesa.

À la lumière de l’évolution du cadre de sécurité, la stratégie globale pour la politique étrangère et de sécurité de l’Union européenne (SGUE) a permis d’entamer un processus de coopération plus étroite dans le domaine de la sécurité et de la défense. Les États membres de l’UE sont convenus d’intensifier les travaux de l’Union européenne dans ce domaine et ont estimé que le renforcement de la coordination, l’accroissement des investissements en matière de défense et la coopération aux fins du renforcement des capacités de défense constituent des conditions essentielles pour y parvenir.

In light of a changing security environment, the EU Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) started a process of closer cooperation in security and defence. EU Member States agreed to step up the European Union’s work in this area and acknowledged the need for enhanced coordination, increased investment and more cooperation in developing defence capabilities.

This morning, Israel conducted an operation inside Gaza targeting a senior leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In response, rockets were fired from Gaza on southern and central Israel. The firing of rockets on civilian populations is totally unacceptable and must immediately stop. A rapid and complete de-escalation is now necessary to safeguard the lives and security of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. The European Union fully supports the efforts of Egypt in this regard.

The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom and the High Representative of the European Union are extremely concerned by the latest announcements that Iran is restarting uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its 11 November report.


The Foreign Affairs Council discussed pressing issues on the international agenda. The High Representative and foreign ministers followed-up on their discussion on Syria at the last Foreign Affairs Council in October, and recalled their commitment to halt arms exports to Turkey. They also noted the adoption of the framework for sanctions in response to Turkey's illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Five men have been sentenced in the Sharia High Court in the State of Selangor to caning and imprisonment for allegedly attempting to have same-sex relations. Caning – a form of corporal punishment – constitutes a breach of their human rights, and is a cruel, inhumane and degrading practice, and a form of torture.

The European Commission is mobilising €55 million to help vulnerable people caught in humanitarian crises in Sudan. The announcement comes as at least 8 million people in Sudan are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million not having enough food to meet their needs. One in six children is also suffering from acute undernourishment.