The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)


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Developments in Europe's neighbourhood and beyond are a constant reminder that our security is not for free. Supporting its Member States, the EU is a key player when it comes to protecting Europe and its citizens. This is why on 13 June High Representative Mogherini proposed a new, major funding mechanism, the European Peace Facility (EPF), to underpin joint action in the area of security and defence.

‘The Hotline serves as a catalyst for cooperation between conflict parties. At the same time, it defuses tensions and prevents escalations, it represents an excellent instrument for confidence building, and it contributes to improving lives of people on both sides of the Administrative Boundary Line’.

– Erik Høeg, Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia

On 18 June 2018, High Representative/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini will host the annual EU-G5 Sahel meeting, with the participation of Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, alongside with Foreign Ministers from the G5 Sahel countries: Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, as well as the Permanent Secretary of the G5 Sahel, to strengthen dialogue and cooperation on areas of shared interest such as development, governance in fragile areas, and improved security, including the fight against terrorism and illicit trafficking.


For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to increase the EU's strategic autonomy, bolster the EU's ability to protect its citizens and make the EU a stronger global actor.

Following the Salisbury attack, and at the invitation of the European Council, the European Commission and the High Representative are today proposing further steps to build on the work already carried out in response to hybrid and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats.

To bolster the EU's ability to safeguard European security interests and prevent conflicts, build peace and strengthen international security, EU High Representative Mogherini on 13 June proposed a new European Peace Facility worth €10.5 billion for 2021-2027.


Illicit weapons are a threat to us all. They contribute to terrorism and organised crime within the EU. They also undermine the EU’s development and humanitarian efforts in parts of our neighbourhood and Africa. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Commission today adopted a joint proposal for a comprehensive EU Strategy against illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons (SALW).

The EU and its Member States continue to face serious and acute threats, which are increasingly taking non-conventional forms, such as radicalisation leading to terrorist attacks, chemical attacks, cyber-attacks or disinformation campaigns. All these actions have one thing in common - they seek to destabilise and endanger our society and undermine our core European values.


High Representative Federica Mogherini is proposing today, with the support of the Commission, a European Peace Facility (EPF). The EPF is an off-budget fund over the period of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, designed to prevent conflicts, preserve peace and strengthen international security around the world, for the benefit of our citizens and our partners.