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“We have created the instruments to make European defence cooperation become the norm’’, Federica Mogherini said on the occasion of the European Defence Agency’s 15th anniversary. Marking the occasion, EU High Representative Mogherini – who is also the Head of the Agency – took stock of the milestones achieved in the field of defence over the past five years and underlined the important role played by the EDA.
EEAS Deputy Secretary General for CSDP and Crisis Response Serrano and UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Lacroix travelled on 20 June jointly to Mopti, Central Mali, to assess the security challenges on the ground and explore how to address the rise of violence over recent months in the region.
Around 2,000 European women and men serve in civilian missions outside the EU. Police officers, policy advisers, legal experts and other civilian personnel are deployed to partner countries to help provide security both locally and within Europe’s borders. Last Monday, EU Foreign Affairs ministers welcomed a further step in the process towards a stronger civilian side of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.