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The EU and the UK clearly share the same interests in terms of security and defence policies, and the EU will seek to set up the necessary mechanisms to work closely together following the UK’s departure from the Union in 2019, High Representative Mogherini and Chief Brexit negotiator Barnier said yesterday at an event on “The future of EU foreign, security and defence policy post-Brexit" organised by the EU Institute for Security Studies(EUISS) in Brussels and moderated by EUISS Director Gustav Lindstrom.
As a destructive mood dominates world politics, the EU stands firmly by rationality, calm, predictability, respect and dialogue, seeking solutions based on the humble art of compromise and looking for solutions where everybody's interests can find their own place. The European Union is today the point of reference for all those that are investing in peace, multilateralism, free and fair trade, sustainable development, the fight against climate change, human rights and democracy, social economy – in a rules based global order, EU High Representative Mogherini said in a speech on the State of the Union in Florence on Friday.
EU ministers of defence, meeting informally in Sofia on 4-5 May, reviewed advances in the framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) in the field of defence and discussed new projects to build further on the rapid progress made over the last two years. Following the budget proposal on 2 May which sees a 22-fold increase in EU defence spending for 2021-2027, EU High Representative Mogherini also announced her intention to present a detailed proposal by mid-June on the new European Peace Facility, an additional instrument to finance the EU's work on defence and military operations.