The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)

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The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have a successful track record of close cooperation in crisis management around the world, dating back to the beginning of EU CSDP missions and operations. It is no coincidence that in 2003, when the EU deployed its first civilian and military operation, a Joint Declaration on EU-UN-Cooperation in Crisis Management was issued. Since then, many steps have been taken to reinforce the strategic partnership. Most recently in September 2018, the EU and UN agreed on a new set of forward-looking priorities for cooperation on peace operations and crisis management in 2019-2021.

In a more challenging global environment, the European Union needs to step up its actions to enhance its ability to preserve peace, prevent conflicts, and strengthen international security. By proposing a new European Peace Facility (EPF) the European Union is taking on more responsibility as a global security provider.

The European Peace Facility is a proposed off-budget fund for the duration 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 and their populations.

The EU is reflecting on key lessons and implications that the COVID-19 pandemic presents for its security and defence. The aim is to be ready to confront possible security consequences of the current pandemic and to become better prepared and resilient for the future.

High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell visited today the European Union’s Satellite Centre, SatCen, in Torrejón de Ardoz to get a first-hand debriefing about its activities.

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Not many people may know, but right now the EU has around 5,000 women and men working for 16 crisis management missions and operations deployed on three continents – soon to become 17 with the new civilian mission to be launched in the Central African Republic. They are the beating heart of the EU’s common security and defence policy and often the face of the EU in crisis-zones around the world.

CFSP/CSDP: Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the European Parliament
Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the European Parliament plenary debate on the annual report on the implementation of the common foreign and security policy and on the annual report on the implementation of the common security and defence policy

Civilian CSDP missions play a crucial role in the European Union’s work as a security provider, addressing security challenges including organised crime, terrorism and hybrid threats and this way contributing towards the level of ambition set in the EU Global Strategy.

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