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The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)
The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) enables the Union to take a leading role in peace-keeping operations, conflict prevention and in the strengthening of the international security. It is an integral part of the EU's comprehensive approach towards crisis management, drawing on civilian and military assets.
On 28 June the new 2018 EU Capability Development Plan and associated Priorities were approved. They will now serve as a guiding reference for any related initiatives taken by Member States or EU. In this way, the new Plan and Priorities will be instrumental in achieving greater coherence and faster results when developing the European defence project.
Cooperation between Member States within the framework of "Permanent Structured Cooperation", sharing of defence plans and more investment in security and defence will strengthen the EU's strategic autonomy and reinforce NATO, agree all 28 national leaders.
Cyber threats have multiplied over recent years and can pose serious threats to the EU, its Member States and citizens. On 25 June, six EU countries signed a Declaration of Intent for the development of an EU Cyber Rapid Response Force, which more countries are expected to soon join.
In June 2016 High Representative Mogherini submitted the "Global Strategy for the European Union's Foreign and Security Policy". Now, two years on, on 25 June 2018 the second progress report on its implementation was just published. The report highlights in particular the significant and fast progress that has been achieved in the area of security and defence.
European ministers on 26 June adopted a revised action plan on maritime security. With the new plan, Europe strengthens its commitment to security at sea – both at home and around the world.
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