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Illicit weapons are a threat to us all. They contribute to terrorism and organised crime within the EU. They also undermine the EU’s development and humanitarian efforts in parts of our neighbourhood and Africa. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the European Commission today adopted a joint proposal for a comprehensive EU Strategy against illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons (SALW).
Security and development are two-sides of the same coin, and neither can be achieved without fully engaging women's organisations and taking into account women's concerns. As the EU moves to strengthen its ability to promote security and stability around the world, ensuring a strong gender perspective through policy-making and implementation is critical. At the European Development Days (EDD), the European External Action Service took the opportunity of the presence in Brussels of thousands of international development and gender experts to organize an open debate and gather recommendations to promote a gender-balanced and sustainable approach to its evolving security and development cooperation policies and actions.
In today's insecure world, the EU has set out to help protecting more effectively the EU and its citizens. NATO is a major and logical partner in this context. Both organisations started in 2016 to develop a programme of deep cooperation where their strengths and assets complement and reinforce each other. The outcome of the cooperation is effective use of public money but it also helps taking EU defence and security beyond the levels that each EU or NATO could achieve if they acted in isolation. On the 6th of June 2018 the Council welcomed the 3rd process report on the implementation of the common set of proposals endorsed by EU and NATO Ministers.