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.
Two members of the ESDC staff attended a Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) organised by the European External Action Service. The training focused on awareness, recognition and prevention of dangerous or unwanted situations. In total, 20 people from the EU institutions received briefings about first aid, dealing with aggression, stress management and personal security. The knowledge acquired was applied in several exercises and role-plays.
The presentation of the new Global Strategy for the EU's foreign and security policy in June 2016 kick started a process of closer cooperation amongst Member States in the field of security and defence. This subsequently led to the adoption of the so-called "defence package" which consists of various different instruments and measures to cope with today’s threats and security challenges.
The European Union today extended the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 December 2018, and further enhanced its role to combat trafficking. The operation works to disrupt the business model of migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Southern Central Mediterranean, train the Libyan Coastguard and Navy and contribute to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya.