The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)


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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.

The operation's core mandate is to contribute to the EU's work to disrupt the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean.


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First of all, let me say how pleased I am to be in Bucharest, with this wonderful hospitality, for this perfectly-organised meeting yesterday and today of the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the 28 Member States of the European Union.

The European Security and Defence College is led by the EU Member States. They provide within their meeting format ('Steering Committee') political and strategic guidance ('decision making body'). The Executive Academic Board is the forum in which the training institutes can meet, discuss and implement the academic programme. This Board can meet in different project-focused configurations. One of these configuration, the EAB.CYBER, will deal exclusively with the tasks given to the Cyber ETEE platform.

On 6 February, the EU Member States decided to develop a cyber platform within the European Security and Defence College (ESDC). Its task will include activities in the fields of education, training, evaluation and exercises. Only six months later, on 20 November 2018, the Head of the ESDC, Mr. Dirk Dubois, was in a position to announce that the cyber platform had initial operating capability (IOC).

For the past 10 years the EU has successfully deployed a CSDP military naval operation to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Today the threat of piracy has been minimised. At the same time the operation was tasked with monitoring fishing activity and reporting any illegal activity. Improved security conditions now allow communities to engage in fishing activities supported by EU and UN missions and initiatives.

Prevention is better than cure. This basic principle stands behind many of the EU activities. A pertinent example is the EU's civilian monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM). It was deployed immediately following the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. EUMM has helped since then to prevent new hostilities and enabled the affected population to resume a normal life free from fear.


Лучше предупредить проблему, чем бороться с ее последствиями. Этот фундаментальный принцип лежит в основе многих видов деятельности ЕС. Гражданская Миссия наблюдателей ЕС в Грузии (МНЕС) является отличным примером такого подхода. Миссия была развернута непосредственно по окончании российско-грузинской войны в 2008 г. С тех пор МНЕС помогает предупреждать новые столкновения, давая возможность населению вернуться к нормальной жизни, свободной от страха.


From 13rd to 14th of December, the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC), General Claudio Graziano, paid an official visit to France, on the invitation by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Général François Lecointre.