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A guiding principle of Lisbon Treaty provisions, which lie at the heart of the very purpose of the EEAS, is the desire to achieve a substantial increase in 'responsiveness' to the opportunities and challenges that exist beyond EU borders. Adequate EU action during external emergencies, which require ad-hoc decision making, is no exemption to this.
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.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on 27 April joined foreign ministers from all NATO countries to discuss how NATO and the EU can cooperate more closely to build stability.
The EU and Japan have concluded negotiations on a Strategic Partnership Agreement. Complementing the new economic deal agreed in December liberalising trade, the political deal aims to facilitate common solutions to common challenges, such as climate change, energy supply and threats to security. It will help the EU and Japan to jointly promote peace, stability and prosperity globally, as well as an open international system.
As part of a major drive to consolidate and reinforce EU security and defence, Commission President Juncker and EU High Representative Mogherini on 28 March presented an Action Plan on Military Mobility. The objective is to work together at European level to ensure road and rail networks are suitable for military transport, and to simplify and streamline national rules for quick and seamless movement of military troops and vehicles across the continent in case of a crisis.
On 26-27 March, EU High Representative Mogherini is in Uzbekistan to open the international Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity". The conference brings together Afghanistan, the five Central Asian countries, the United Nations and other stakeholders to support peace-making efforts in the country, as well as local and regional development.
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