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.
The twenty-eight EU Chiefs of Defence, gathered in Brussels 20-21 November for the second Military Committee conference of 2019.
General Claudio Graziano chaired the meeting and welcomed the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy who addressed the Committee at the beginning of the Conference.
During the two day meeting, the European Chiefs of Defence focused their attention on EU's military operations and missions, EU battlegroups as well as EU military capabilities and had a dedicated session on EU – NATO cooperation.